Camera Workers: The British Columbia, Alaska & Yukon Photographic Directory, 1858-1950 - U - Volume 1 (1858-1900)

© 1999-2001 By David Mattison

Updated: 2001.04.08.



NAME: U.S.P. Co.
VARIANT: United States Photographic Co.?
WHERE ACTIVE: Donald.
BUSINESS ADDRESS-YEAR:
WORK INTERVAL: 1893 09.
STATUS: Studio (itinerant).
BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: Based in Montreal, Quebec, this firm visited Donald to take portraits; the photographer(s) could not take any landscape views because of smoke.
COLLECTIONS:
IDENTIFYING MARKS:
REFERENCES: Golden Era, 1893 09 09/4.


Underwood & Underwood see Underwood View Co.

NAME: Underwood View Co.
VARIANT: Underwood & Underwood.
WHERE ACTIVE: Vancouver.
BUSINESS ADDRESS-YEAR:
WORK INTERVAL: circa 1888 02.
STATUS: Studio (visit).
BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: This was the company that became Underwood and Underwood of Ottawa, Kansas, manufacturers and distributors of postcards and stereographs.
COLLECTIONS/FORMATS: BVAA.
IDENTIFYING MARKS: name on print mount.
BIBLIOGRAPHIC REFERENCES: BVAA photos no. STREETS P. 75 ; P. 99.


NAME: Uren, John Batrel.
VARIANT: Wren, John ; Urin, John.
LIFE DATES: ca. 1842-1919 02 26
BIRTHPLACE: England, UK.
PLACE OF DEATH: Renton, King County, WA.
WHERE ACTIVE: Victoria ; Barkerville ; Nanaimo ; Wellington ; New Westminster ; Vancouver? ; Chilliwack.
BUSINESS ADDRESS/YEAR: Government St., next door to Theatre Photographic Gallery (Victoria)/1874 04-10? ; Barkerville/1875 07-08 ; Nanaimo/1877 ; Government St., W. side near View St./1878 06-1879 02 ; near Columbia St. (New Westminster)/1879 02-1881 ; Front St. (New Westminster)/1882 08-1883 ; Columbia St./1884?-1889 ; Cordova St. (Vancouver)/1886 05 24-06 13 ; Victoria Cres. (Nanaimo)/1890-1894? ; Wellington/1894-1898 ; Chilliwack/1900.
HOME ADDRESS/YEAR: Superior St. (Victoria)/1874.
WORK INTERVAL: 1874-1900+.
STATUS: Commercial.
BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: The first mention of Uren's photographic career was his purchase or lease of Shakespeare's photographic gallery next door to the Theatre Photographic Gallery in April 1874. Uren is not the John "Wren" listed in the Nanaimo directory of 1874. He appears to have abandoned the former Shakespeare studio in October 1874; the Colonist for October 13, 1874 reported seeing his photos of the Cache Creek Boarding School.
The following year Uren was in Barkerville taking photographs for a couple of weeks. He opened a studio in October 1876 in Nanaimo and by June 1878 he had returned to Victoria and purchased the Victoria Theatre Photographic Gallery from Shakespeare.
Moving to New Westminster in February 1879 he opened a studio there at "the corner of the streets leading to the Drill Shed, a few doors from Columbia St." The following year he invented a reversible camera back for producing multiple images in one sitting.
He purchased a saloon in New Westminster in 1881 but was back at photography the next year at a new location on Front St. next to Mrs. Eckstein's. By 1885 he had moved to Columbia St. and may have established himself in partnership with W.T. Milross in Vancouver in May 1886.
He had moved to Nanaimo by 1890 and was listed as a photographer in Wellington in the mid to late 1890s. By 1900 he was working as a photographer in Chilliwack.
Although John Uren was a prolific photographer who took many portraits and landscape views, no large caches of his photographs appear to have survived in public archives.
John Uren died aged 77 and is buried in Greenwood Memorial Park, Renton, Washington (section F, lot 326, block 48, grave 1).
COLLECTIONS: BNCM; BVAA; BVIPA.
IDENTIFYING MARKS: "Photograph by John Uren, Front Street, New Westminster, B.C." on verso of print; "J. Uren, Photographer, New Westminster, B.C." on verso of carte-de-visite.
REFERENCES: MAL71; MAL74; HIB77; WIL82; WIL85; MAL87; WIL89; HEN90; WIL94; WIL95; HEN97; WIL97; HEN98; Voters List, 1874; 1894 (Victoria); 1900 (Chilliwack); Colonist, 1874 04 30/3; 1874 06 09/2; 1874 10 13/3; 1878 06 05/3; Cariboo Sentinel, 1875 07 31/2 & 3; 1875 08 07/3; Nanaimo Free Press, 1876 10 18/3; Mainland Guardian, 1879 02 08/2 & 3; 1880 06 16/3; 1881 03 16/2; 1881 09 17/4; 1881 09 21/4; 1882 08 26/3; Columbian, 1882 08 23/3; Renton Bulletin, 1919 02 28/3; 1919 04 25/2; Washington State Board of Health, Certificate of Death, record no. 96, registered no. 25, John Uren; BVIPA Visual Records Photographer File.


NAME: Uren & Hoyt.
WHERE ACTIVE: Victoria.
BUSINESS ADDRESS/YEAR: Government St., next to Victoria Theatre Photographic Gallery/1874 04-10?.
WORK INTERVAL: 1874 04-10?.
STATUS: Studio.
BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: This was the partnership of J.B. Uren and a man named Hoyt. They leased or purchased the gallery next to the Theatre Photographic Gallery, then owned by N. Shakespeare, but by October Shakespeare appears to have taken the lease back.
COLLECTIONS:
IDENTIFYING MARKS:
REFERENCES: Standard, 1874 05 04/2 & 3; Colonist, 1874 04 30/3; 1874 06 09/2.


NAME: Uren & Mountain.
WHERE ACTIVE: New Westminster.
BUSINESS ADDRESS/YEAR: Columbia St., near Church/ca. 1889?.
WORK INTERVAL: circa 1889?.
STATUS: Studio.
BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: This was a partnership between J.B. Uren and A. Mountain.
COLLECTIONS: BVIPA.
IDENTIFYING MARKS: "Uren & Mountain, Photographers, New Westminster and British Columbia" on verso of cabinet portrait.
BIBLIOGRAPHIC REFERENCES: BVIPA photo no. HP002783.