Adding the Donald Hamilton Collection

Lowe Farm, MB grain elevator, Oct 1989.

I was recently contacted by Greg Hamilton, the son of Donald Hamilton. Donald had taken many photographs of grain elevators in the late 1980s and early 1990s in his home province of Manitoba, and ventured into Saskatchewan and Alberta as well. Greg asked if I was interested in scanning those photos for use on this web site. Absolutely!

There are about 20 binders of photographs, organized by elevator company. I have scanned three binders to date and have started adding the photos to this site. In some cases Donald had photos of elevators that weren’t on this site – like Birdtail, Kelloe and Cracknell – and in other cases his photos are adding to existing elevator pages.

Solsgirth, MB, June 1991. Contributed by Donald Hamilton.
Solsgirth, MB, June 1991. Contributed by Donald Hamilton.

I expect it will be a long process to absorb this collection into the site, but Grain Elevators of Canada will be a better place for it and I am very grateful to Greg for allowing these photos to be scanned and shared.

Welcome, Eric May!

Young, SK grain elevator, 1972. Contributed by Eric May.
Young, SK grain elevator, 1972. Contributed by Eric May.

Welcome to Eric May, another contributor to Grain Elevators of Canada. Eric has contributed some photos taken in 1972 during a cross-country trip on the CN Super Continental passenger train. These photos provide a nice “time capsule” look at some elevators that either have changed significantly or disappeared entirely.

Some examples :

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