Ann and Madeline at a restaurant - 2018.32.1_1


Ann and Madeline at a restaurant

Maker: Unknown
Medium:Dye diffusion transfer print
Geography: Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada
Date: June 10, 1967
6.3 × 8.4 cm (2 1/2 × 3 5/16 in.)
Object number: 2018.32.1
Credit Line: Gift of Ann Bassnett
Not on view

This Polaroid image shows Ann Bassnett and her daughter, Madeline, eating at a motel restaurant in Kamloops, British Columbia. Ann is picking up a jar of sugar. Madeline leans on the table and looks in the direction of the photographer. In the background there is a coffee station and a large set of windows overlooking a parking lot with a taxi cab, a roadside gas station in the distance, and a highway that stretches out past a rolling landscape. This was the family's first stop on a trip around Western Canada and the United States. 

This photograph was from an album that Ann and her husband, Peter, put together after their trip. In the album, Ann wrote about where they went and what they did, and this photo is entered under the date June 10, 1967. Next to the photograph, she wrote, “We had tea [dinner] at another motel called the Sage Brush - appropriately; there’s lots of it around - and Madeline played peek-a-boo with a strange man who took her photo with a Polaroid camera.” The unknown photographer gave them the photo, which became part of the album.

Peter and Ann Bassnett immigrated to Canada from England with their daughter, Madeline, in 1966. While in Canada, Peter researched material for his British Fellow of the Library Association thesis. After two years had passed, Peter was succeeding in his employment and he had good career prospects. Ann explains in an oral history interview that they had come to appreciate the differences they encountered when they first came to Canada: the language (such as “diapers” verses “nappies”), the urban design, the vast landscape, and the subtle cultural differences. They decided to stay in Canada.

This image is part of The Family Camera Network public archive at the Royal Ontario Museum, which includes photographs, oral histories, and other objects from family photo collections.

Object History: This photograph was collected as part of a SSHRC-funded research initiative, The Family Camera Network public archive project. Visit for more information.
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