Christopher Montague playing with a train set on Christmas morning - FAR2018-007.1_1


Christopher Montague playing with a train set on Christmas morning

Maker: Spurgeon Montague
Medium:Gelatin silver print
Geography: Windsor, Ontario, Canada
Date: December 25, 1961 (printed February 1962)
8.9 × 8.8 cm (3 1/2 × 3 7/16 in.)
Object number: 2018.27.1
Credit Line: Gift of Dr. Kenneth Montague
Not on view

This image shows Spurgeon Montague's eldest son, Christopher, playing with a train set in front of the tree on Christmas day. The evergreen tree is covered with decorations and tinsel and underneath is a collection of unwrapped presents. Christopher wears overalls, a t-shirt, and dress shoes. Behind him, there is a television set and a large window with the geometric-patterned curtains pulled open to each side. The camera flash is reflected on the glass surface of the window. The text below the image indicates that it was printed in February, 1962. The image is printed on paper with the watermark “Kodak Velox Paper.”

The Montagues are a Jamaican-Canadian family who lived in Windsor, Ontario. The donor of this image, Dr. Kenneth Montague (the youngest of Spurgeon and Ellen Montague's three children), is a Toronto-based dentist, as well as an art collector and curator. Dr. Montague is also the founder of Wedge Curatorial Projects, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting contemporary art that explores black identity.

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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