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Misses Louisa and Anna Spence, Notman staff, Montreal, QC, 1883
Wm. Notman & Son
September 22, 1883, 19th century
Silver salts on paper - Albumen process
12.7 x 17.8 cm
Purchase from Associated Screen News Ltd.
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The names Miss Louisa Spence and Miss Anna Spence appear in the Notman photography studio payroll book that is now in the Museum archives. The young women seen here would seem to be the Misses Spences.

Miss Annie (or Anna) Spence worked at the Notman studio, possibly as an artist, for almost two years. She was paid $8 every two weeks during that time. Her sister Louisa also worked at the studio. The two women may have been the daughters of John C. Spence, a stained glass artist. The John C. Spence Stained Glass studio was near the Notman studio on Bleury.
Miss Louisa Spence worked at the Notman studio, probably as an artist, for 15 years. During that time, her wages rose from $8 every two weeks to $12, and finally $15.

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