Fonds 397 - Frank Thomas Carter fonds

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Frank Thomas Carter fonds

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  • 1942-1943 (Creation)
    Carter, Frank Tomas, 1915-1985

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76 b&w photographs; 3.5x5 prints

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Franklin (“Frank”) Thomas Carter was born in Guelph, Ontario in 1915. He trained as a welder. He found work with Horton Steel building corvettes for the Royal Canadian Navy in Hamilton, Ontario in 1939. Frank tried to enlist in 1941 during wartime but was turned down for medical reasons. Instead, he and his brother Ralph followed war work with the steel company, including a job building oil tanks at the Canol Project in Norman Wells in 1942-1943. He later worked on ship construction throughout Ontario as well as in Calgary and Halifax before settling in Waterloo, Ontario in September 1944. After a successful career in welding, and later motorcycle and vehicle welding and repair, Frank died of congestive heart failure on September 1, 1985.

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This fonds consists of 76 b&w print photographs taken by Frank Thomas Carter; five of the photos are hand coloured. The photos document Carter’s voyage to Norman Wells up the Mackenzie as well as the early stages of construction of the oil storage tanks at the Canol Project in Norman Wells during 1942-1943. The photos are numbered on the back in the order in which they appeared on album pages by the donor, Donald A. Davidson, Carter’s stepson. Overall themes include the Mackenzie River, construction, boats, camp life and the Canol project.

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