100-year-old images from Toronto photographer rediscovered

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The Toronto Star printed a couple photos today of Edwin Haynes’ and some of the story! View the article by clicking HERE. There are many more images not published, we are currently seeking to have a gallery showing of those featured and more.

To contact Bruce Hodgson, or myself, Lizz Hodgson you may do so by emailing us at edwinhaynesphotography@gmail.com

We thank the Toronto Star for their coverage, and we are delighted to see the response over Edwin’s photographs.







Edwin Haynes

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Born: Edwin Thomas Haynes November 11th 1876, Gloucester, England
Died: October 31st 1918 of Spanish Influenza in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Wife: Mary McLachlin (Born: April 5th 1850 Edinburgh, Scotland)

Died: December 30th 1924, British Columbia, in Child Birth

Edwin Haynes’ Brief Life History: 

Born in Gloucester, England, Edwin was moved to Toronto, Ontario, Canada as a two year old. The family travelled from Bristol, England to Canada in 1879 and moved to 122 Strachan Avenue in Toronto, Ontario. Edwin was educated in Toronto as a young child and likely into his early teenaged years. There is a large gap of knowledge of Edwin’s life from the age of two to the age of thirty three. We assume that due to his father’s success as a cabinet builder for Massey Harris during the early 1900’s, he was at sometime educated in or around Toronto. There exists some information that links Edwin in his twenties to Ingersol, Ontario as a Merchant. He filed a marriage application in Stouffville, Ontario in the Fall of 1909 to be married to Mary McLachlin. They were married in Stouffville in the Spring of 1910. Their honeymoon took place on a cruise ship called the S.S Virginian, this boat launched from Montreal and travelled directly to Bristol, England. They continued onwards to Cheltanham, England to visit where Edwin’s Father’s home was once located. From Bristol the vessel likely made its way to the Mediterranean, where the couple visited Gibraltar, Italy, Morocco and possibly North Africa. Edwin continued to expand his already large collection of photographs on this honeymoon through the Mediterranean. These consisted of landscapes and obviously set up portraits of the people he came across on land during his travels.

After their honeymoon, the newlyweds settled back in Chesley, Ontario where Edwin had a photo business. From Chesley, the couple moved to Toronto, Ontario and resided in the Parkdale area around 1916. Edwin and Mary’s son Edwin Jr. was born in Toronto, after which, the family appears to of traveled across Canada. They ventured to locations such as Sault Sainte Marie, the Saskatchewan plains, where he photographed the Blackfoot Indians and further to the valleys of British Columbia. Gathering from research and analysis of different signs and locations, Canadian Pacific Railway buildings, construction sites and shipping harbours continue to appear within Edwin Haynes’ photographs through this time. There also appears to be a section of photographs within his collection that document some streets in the East End of New York City (Mulberry street, The Bowery and the Aqua Duct).

Edwin Haynes dies October 31st 1918 of the Spanish Influenza, his widowed wife and only Son moved to British Columbia. The box of Edwin’s slides holding all of his life’s images would stay with his Father in Toronto and eventually make their way to my Father, Bruce Hodgson, a photographer himself.
Mary reconnects with a wealthy man she met on the families earlier travels out West. She works as this mans house maid while Edwin Jr. was still a baby. Mary became pregnant with this man’s child and gave birth to a daughter, but died in child birth. Edwin Jr. was now four, and left as an orphan. This wealthy man made contact with Edwin’s Aunt Mae Hodgson, who still resided in Toronto. Edwin Jr. was sent back on a train from British Columbia to Union Station in downtown Toronto. Mae Hodgson and her son, Russell picked up four year old Edwin Haynes Jr. who they found standing alone in a crowd of people, with only a name tag around his neck to identify him. Edwin Jr. stayed in Toronto and grew up as Russell Hodgson’s brother.


The box of Edwin’s slides made their way to my Father through Edwin Haynes Jr., as he knew my Father held an interest and talent in photography. Edwin later passed away leaving this family history in a wooden box. I too became a photographer in the fashion of my relatives passed and work closely with my Father, Bruce Hodgson to maintain the legacy of Edwin Haynes. We are left now with a spectacular collection of breathtaking photography unseen. Until now.


-Lizz Hodgson