1315 15 Street Northwest, Calgary

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The Abram C. Newcombe family lived in the house from 1913 to the mid forties. Newcombe was the secretary-treasurer of Newcombe Ltd., a real estate firm and he was also an agent for New York Life.

About 1945 the Harry Pollard family came to the house. Harry Pollard (1880-1968) was a Canadian photographer whose specialty was photographing First Nations people. He was born in Tillsonburg, Ontario. In 1899 he arrived in Calgary and opened a photography studio. (In 1951 the studio was at 1422 – 4 St. W.) In 1924 he was press photographer for Associated Screen News, a subsidiary of the Canadian Pacific Railway. He was hired to take promotional pictures of ocean cruises and his job took him around the world 14 times. The Harry Pollard photograph collection is in the Provincial Archives of Alberta, having been acquired by the provincial government in 1964. His wife Ella rode in the Dominion Fair Parade in Calgary as Miss Canada when she was 18 – about 1917. About 1950 Harry duplexed the house and his son, also Harry, and family lived upstairs. Ella Pollard died in1964, Harry remained in the house until his death in 1968.