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There are photographs depicting agriculture in many different records groups in the Archives' holdings.

This page focuses on three different collections. The first two include photographs taken in the late 1800s and early 1900s and illustrate early agricultural practices. The third collection includes photographs taken by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture in the 1970s and 1980s.

Photo: Getting hay for the sheep, [190-]
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Getting hay for the sheep, [190-]
William Hampden Tenner
Glass plate negative
Reference Code: C 311-1-0-10-15
Archives of Ontario, I0002349

The Archives of Ontario Celebrates Our Agricultural Past: A Collection of Agricultural Images: Photography of the Bartle Brothers - Section Banner
The Bartle Brothers, Simon Peter Bartle (1875-1956) and Herman Arthur Bartle (1877-1958) were professional travelling photographers in Glengarry and Stormont Counties during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. They were the sons of Dr. Charles Bartle, a physician, and his wife, Charlotte (Shaver), of Dixon, Osnabruck, Stormont County.

Simon attended public school in Morrisburg, where he obtained an art teaching certificate and likely also studied photography. After completing his formal education he returned to Dixon and embarked upon a career as a photographer. In this enterprise, Simon was assisted by his younger brother, Herman.

The Bartle Brothers travelled throughout Glengarry and Stormont Counties, photographing area residents and a variety of local subjects. Their careers as travelling photographers ended ca. 1914 when the Bartles purchased an Osnabruck Township property together and went into mixed farming.

Photo: Farming scene (removing rocks from ground?), Eastern Ontario, [between 1895 and 1910]
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Farming scene (removing rocks from ground?), Eastern Ontario, [between 1895 and 1910]
Bartle Brothers
Glass plate negative
Reference Code: C 2-10232-1731
Archives of Ontario, I0002528

Photo: Farmers filling a silo, [between 1895 and 1910]
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Farmers filling a silo, [between 1895 and 1910]
Bartle Brothers
Glass plate negative
Reference Code: C 2-10232-1730
Archives of Ontario, I0002527


Photo: Raising a barn, [between 1895 and 1910]
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Raising a barn, [between 1895 and 1910]
Bartle Brothers
Glass plate negative
Reference Code: C 2-10232-1740
Archive of Ontario, I0002529


Photo: Preparing cheese for transport, cheese factory, Eastern Ontario, [between 1895 and 1910]
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Preparing cheese for transport, cheese factory,
Eastern Ontario, [between 1895 and 1910]
Bartle Brothers
Glass plate negative
Reference Code: C 2-10232-1622
Archives of Ontario, I0002508

Photo: Inside the cheese factory, Eastern Ontario, [between 1895 and 1910]
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Inside the cheese factory, Eastern
Ontario, [between 1895 and 1910]
Bartle Brothers
Glass plate negative
Reference Code: C 2-10232-1617
Archives of Ontario, I0002507


Photo: Machinery and farm equipment shop, Eastern Ontario, [between 1895 and 1910]
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Machinery and farm equipment shop,
Eastern Ontario, [between 1895 and 1910]
Bartle Brothers
Glass plate negative
Reference Code: C 2-10232-1610
Archives of Ontario, I0002504

Photo: Frost and Wood, farm hardware store, Eastern Ontario, [between 1895 and 1910]
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Frost and Wood, farm hardware store,
Eastern Ontario, [between 1895 and 1910]
Bartle Brothers
Glass plate negative
Reference Code: C 2-10232-1611
Archives of Ontario, I0002505


Photo: Farmers moving hay into a barn, [between 1895 and 1910]
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Farmers moving hay into a barn, [between 1895 and 1910]
Bartle Brothers
Glass plate negative
Reference Code: C 2-10232-1729
Archives of Ontario, I0002526


The Archives of Ontario Celebrates Our Agricultural Past: A Collection of Agricultural Images: Photography of Reuben Sallows - Section Banner
Reuben R. Sallows was a commercial photographer specializing in agrarian and pastoral scenes. He was born and raised on a Huron County farm. He moved to Goderich in 1876 and within a few years owned his own photography business.

Sallows developed a reputation as a craftsman in formal portraiture, pastoral photography, and stereoscopic images. Besides working for the Canadian Pacific Railroad, Grand Trunk Railway, and Department of Agriculture, Sallows specialized in "domestic scenes, pictures of rural life, views of nature in her wildest and loveliest moods, hunting, fishing, boating, camping and outdoor pastimes" (Busy Man's Magazine, May 1909).

For more information about the Archives of Ontario's Reuben R. Sallows collection click here.

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Loading hay into barn, 1919
Reuben R. Sallows
Black and white print
Reference Code: C 223-4-0-0-16
Archives of Ontario, I0002296

Photo: Loading hay into barn, 1919

Photo: Haying, 1917
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Haying, 1917
Reuben R. Sallows
Black and white print
Reference Code: C 223-4-0-0-2
Archives of Ontario, I0002282

Photo: Sowing spring wheat, 1919
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Sowing spring wheat, 1919
Reuben R. Sallows
Black and white print
Reference Code: C 223-3-0-0-14
Archives of Ontario, I0002275


Photo: Farm boys taking a ride on a cart, 1907
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Farm boys taking a ride on a cart, 1907
Reuben R. Sallows
Black and white print
Reference Code: C 223-2-0-0-1
Archives of Ontario, I0002251

Photo: Sheep grazing, 1919
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Sheep grazing, 1919
Reuben R. Sallows
Black and white print
Reference Code: C 223-2-0-0-8
Archives of Ontario, I0002258


Photo: Man picking apples in an orchard, 1919
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Man picking apples in an orchard, 1919
Reuben R. Sallows
Black and white print
Ministry of Agriculture and Food
Reference Code: RG 16-276-10, 352
Archives of Ontario, I0016110

Photo: William Elsley in field with harvest, [ca. 1910]
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William Elsley in field with harvest, [ca. 1910]
Reuben R. Sallows
Black and white print
Ministry of Agriculture and Food
Reference Code: RG 16-276-10, 2374
Archives of Ontario, I0016113


Photo: Woman feeding a calf, 1910
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Woman feeding a calf, 1910
Reuben R. Sallows
Black and white print
Reference Code: C 223-2-0-0-5
Archives of Ontario, I0002255

The Archives of Ontario Celebrates Our Agricultural Past: A Collection of Agricultural Images: Photography of the Ministry of Agriculture - Section Banner

The photographs of the Communications Branch of the Ministry of Agriculture and Food and its predecessors document many aspects of agriculture in Ontario. Subjects include field crops and soil, horticulture, animal science, agricultural pests and diseases, agricultural engineering and economics, and the family farm and rural way of life.

Photo: Woman bottle feeding a newly born calf, Kitchener, March 22, 1983
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Woman bottle feeding a newly born calf, Kitchener, March 22, 1983
Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
Colour print
Reference Code: RG 16-276-1 83-B167
Archives of Ontario, I0003188

Photo: Cows grazing on a farm, June 22, 1977
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Cows grazing on a farm, June 22, 1977
Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
Colour negative
Reference Code: RG 16-276-2 77-B208
Archives of Ontario, I0004462


Photo: Agricultural labourers transplanting celery to a field, May 25, 1984
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Agricultural labourers transplanting
celery to a field, May 25, 1984
Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
Colour negative
Reference Code: RG 16-276-2 84-B453
Archives of Ontario, I0004460

Photo: Man tending to bees in a hive, University of Guelph, June 6, 1988
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Man tending to bees in a hive,
University of Guelph, June 6, 1988
Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
Colour print
Reference Code: RG 16-276-1, 86-B906
Archives of Ontario, I0003221


Photo: Loading baled trees on a truck on a Christmas Tree Farm, October 15, 1973
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Loading baled trees on a truck on
a Christmas Tree Farm, October 15, 1973
Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
Colour print
Reference Code: RG 16-276-1 73-B528
Archives of Ontario, I0004481

Photo: Woman picking grapes, 1988
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Woman picking grapes, 1988
Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
Colour print
Reference Code: RG 16-276-1 88-B1114
Archives of Ontario, I0003177


Photo: Flower greenhouse, October 20, 1977
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Flower greenhouse, October 20, 1977
Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
Colour print
Reference Code: RG 16-276-1 77-B674
Archives of Ontario, I0004478

Photo: Mechanically harvesting tomatoes, Leamington, September 10, 1986
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Mechanically harvesting tomatoes, Leamington, September 10, 1986
Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
Colour print
Reference Code: RG 16-276-1 86-B1915
Archives of Ontario, I0003180


Photo: Women sorting and grading fresh peaches for sale at market, August 19, 1986
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Women sorting and grading fresh peaches for sale at market, August 19, 1986
Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
Colour print
Reference Code: RG 16-276-1 86-B1112
Archives of Ontario, I0003176

Photo: Farm produce, Kensington Market, Toronto, July 19, 1986
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Farm produce, Kensington Market, Toronto, July 19, 1986
Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
Colour print
Reference Code: RG 16-276-1 86-B819
Archives of Ontario, I0003235


Photo: Farmer harvesting hay, 1985
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Farmer harvesting hay, 1985
Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
Colour print
Reference Code: RG 16-276-1 85-B1087
Archives of Ontario, I0003166

Photo: Two women and two men stand beside a horse-drawn harrow, [between 1900 and 1920]
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Two women and two men stand beside a horse-drawn harrow, [between 1900 and 1920]
Photographer unknown
Black and white print
Nell Maciborka fonds
Reference Code: C 163
Archives of Ontario, I0014235