Photographic Film & Equipment

Gordon Meinecke fonds

Various photographic flash bulbs and packaging, ca. 1937-1946

ca.1854-2007. – 7 boxes of photographic film and film packaging. – 53 photographic flashbulbs. – 11 journals. – 1 box of photographic chemistry. – 2 glass plate drying racks.

Gordon Meinecke (1930- ) worked as a commercial photographer in Germany and Canada from the mid-1940s to 1996, photographing a range of subjects including portraiture and industrial equipment. He undertook his first photographic apprenticeship in darkroom techniques in Hanover, Germany in 1945, which was quickly followed by an apprenticeship in studio methods. Shortly thereafter, Meinecke began his career as an industrial photographer in Heidelberg, Germany. He emigrated to Canada in the fall of 1951, where he briefly settled in Ottawa, Ontario, working for the Lingard Photography Studio before relocating to Vancouver, British Columbia. In Vancouver, his practice broadened to include a variety of commercial and studio clients, from the food industry to wedding photography. Meinecke opened his own studio, Gordon Meinecke Photography, in Toronto, Ontario in 1971. He worked primarily with a commercial client base during this phase of his career, which included retailers such as Eatons and Electrohome, automobile manufacturers Ford and GM, and food production company General Foods. Although Meinecke retired from professional photography and closed his studio in 1996, he is currently a member of the Photographic Historical Society of Canada and continues to be an active member of Toronto’s photographic community.

Material in this collection was donated by Gordon Meinecke to Ryerson University Library Special Collections in 2007.

The fonds consists of photographic chemicals, printing paper, film, dry plates, pamphlets, journals, trade circulars and photo bulbs collected by Gordon Meinecke during the course of his career, and from personal interest as a collector of historical artifacts. Meinecke worked in various photographic formats including 11×14, 8×10, 4×5, 2 ¼, and 35mm, sometimes producing prints as large as 30×40 inches. He primarily employed Kodak material for these purposes, but films from other manufacturers of photographic supplies can be found in the fonds, including Agfa Ansco Company, Ilford Limited, Polaroid and Triple Print Film Labs. Antique film packages, produced by companies like The Stanley Dry Plate Company or Dufaycolor Inc., are mainly empty or opened, and were collected for their historical value rather than for photographic use. A selection of photo lamps and flashbulbs from Osram, General Electric and the Wabash Photolamp Corporation are included in the collection, as well as two glass plate drying racks.

An inventory is available by request.

Yvonne Flavelle and Arthur Hurrill fonds


[ca. 1947-1990]


  • 2 photographic enlargers : 1 b&w and 1 col.
  • 1 printing easel
  • 2 condenser glasses
  • 8 packages of photographic printing papers
  • 1 slide sorter + instruction sheet
  • 1 reflector (studio equipment)
  • 1 package of printing masks
  • M1 light bulb wrapper

Scope and Content

The fonds consists of various photographic printing papers from Kodak London, Kodak Canada and Ilford as well as the necessary equipment for darkroom printing, including enlargers by the Polish Optical Company (Krokns) and Gnome Beta II.

Administrative History/ Biographical Sketch

Arthur Hurrill and Yvonne Flavelle each set up amateur in-home dark rooms using the papers and equipment now in Ryerson University’s Special Collections. Arthur began his career while living in England and, as a result, many of the photographic printing papers in the collection are from European photographic suppliers. After moving to Pickering, Ontario, Arthur gave up his practice and passed along his photographic enlargers to a young student named Yvonne Flavelle, whose enthusiasm for darkroom printing was only beginning to grow. Yvonne set up Arthur’s equipment in her own apartment, focusing only on black and white printing although colour printing equipment can be found in the collection.

Source of Acquisition

The collection was donated to Ryerson University Library & Archives in 2008 by Yvonne Flavelle.


No further accruals expected.

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Finding Aid

A catalogue of the collection is available.