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Lake of the Woods: 1952

Lake of the Woods: 1952

My grandfather took this with his Speed Graphic 4x5. This was his and my dad's fishing guide eating his lunch on the shores of Lake of the Woods, Ontario, Canada, circa 1952. View full size.

This man's wife

must go through a LOT of bread.


Most First Nations folks in the Lake of the Woods Area belong to one of several Anishinaabe (Saulteaux-Ojibwe) nations, the largest being the Onigaming.

Native Canadian

Mississauga (Ojibwe) native guide.

Incredible Photo

This is the type of photo that large format and fine-grain black and white film is made for. The detail and clarity is fantastic. It is almost as if being there looking live at the scene would not have seemed more lifelike.

And I didn't know Abraham Lincoln lived into the 1950's.

Teach a man to fish

He looks like a guide who knew more than where to find fish. Wonderful keepsake this is of a time and place, and a kind of independence that is pretty rare.


That stack of bread appears more to be three sandwiches. Notice that there is just enough space between some of them to indicate a filling AND the sandwiches are cut diagonally.

His mom must love him.

Packable Wonder Bread

I knew an old outfitter in the Quetico wilderness preserve in western Ontario who always loved to pack Wonder Bread for his clients. He would mash it into flat little slabs about two inches thick and then told the intrepid canoeists to give it some time to expand again before eating. Delicious, light weight, and nutrition free!


For me, waxed paper usually meant egg salad sandwiches. When is the last time you had a sandwich wrapped in waxed paper?

No Frills

Lunch is six slices of bread and a cup of coffee, and as for dinner, you have to catch it.

The Guide

Something tells me they caught lots of fish.

THE 100-YEAR-OLD PHOTO BLOG | History in HD is a vintage photo blog featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1950s. The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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