View from apartment balcony - 2018.32.2_1


View from apartment balcony

Maker: Peter Bassnett
Medium:Dye coupler print
Geography: Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Date: Summer 1967 (printed July 1967)
9 × 8.8 cm (3 9/16 × 3 7/16 in.)
Object number: 2018.32.2
Credit Line: Gift of Ann Bassnett
Not on view

This image shows the view from the Bassnett family's apartment balcony, taken by the father, Peter. The view shows an expansive landscape with streets, street lights, power lines, and a suburban neighbourhood. On the street below, a black station wagon and a white sedan travel in opposite directions. In the far distance are a rolling green hills. This photograph was taken on a sunny day, with only a few clouds in the sky. It was placed in an album that Ann and her husband, Peter, put together after a family trip around Western Canada and the United States in June 1967. This photo was placed on the last page of the album to convey that the family had returned home. This image is printed on paper with the watermark, “A Kodak Paper.”


Peter and Ann Bassnett immigrated to Canada from England with their daughter, Madeline, in 1966. While in Canada, Peter researched material for his British Fellow of the Library Association thesis. After two years had passed, Peter was succeeding in his employment and he had good career prospects. Ann explains in an oral history interview that they had come to appreciate the differences they encountered when they first came to Canada: the language (such as “diapers” verses “nappies”), the urban design, the vast landscape, and the subtle cultural differences. They decided to stay in Canada.


This image is part of The Family Camera Network public archive at the Royal Ontario Museum, which includes photographs, oral histories, and other objects from family photo collections.

Object History: This photograph was collected as part of a SSHRC-funded research initiative, The Family Camera Network public archive project. Visit for more information.
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