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Mrs. Stenton (Maggie Brown) and sister Miss Brown, Notman staff, Montreal, QC, 1880
William Notman (1826-1891)
1880, 19th century
Silver salts on paper mounted on paper - Albumen process
17 x 12 cm
Purchase from Associated Screen News Ltd.
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This is a photograph of Mrs. Stenton, an employee of the Notman studio in Montreal, and of her sister Miss Brown.

Mrs. Stenton, née Maggie Brown, worked at the Notman photography studio for a total of nine years and one month, between 1866 and 1871, and between 1879 and 1882. She may have stopped working in 1871 to marry one Robert Stenton and gone back to the studio when he died. During the first period, she earned between $5 and $8 every two weeks, while in the second period, her wages rose from $9 to $10. We have no information on exactly what her job with the company was.

She was definitely not a photographer, because Notman had no women in that position. But she may have worked as a receptionist, secretary, dressing room assistant, colourist or retoucher. She may also have worked in printing, finishing or shipping.

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