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Leonard Frank
[Leonard Frank]
Leonard Frank, c. 1900.
July 3, 1870 - February 23, 1944
Leonard Frank (born Leonhard Juda Frank) was a significant early-twentieth century commercial and industrial photographer. First emigrating to San Francisco from Berne, Germany in 1892, two years later he settled in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island. He is especially noted for his logging and landscape views.
During the years 1907 to 1909, Frank photographed much of Vancouver Island and was gaining an international reputation as a photographer, with exhibits in Vienna, London and Glasgow. In 1910, Frank published a book of Alberni views. He often recorded local historical events, such as the arrival of the first passenger train of the E&N Railway in Port Alberni in 1911, and the following year he was hired as the official photographer of the newly-created Strathcona Provincial Park.
In 1916 Frank relocated to Vancouver, where he established a successful commercial studio. Frank left behind a large body of work, much of it deposited at the Alberni Valley Museum, the Jewish Historical Society of British Columbia, and in the Vancouver Public Library collection, the last consisting of some 7,000 negatives capturing all elements of British Columbia life from 1910 to 1944.
Leonard Frank is buried in the Schara Tzedeck cemetery in New Westminster with his brother Bernard.
Ashlar Lodge No. 3
Initiated: 1908/12/23
Passed: 1909/05/20
Raised: 1909/06/25
Arrowsmith Lodge UD (62)
Affiliated: 1912
Demitted: 1915*

Source: Grand Lodge records. * Demit date unconfirmed. Portrait from the Savannah collection, box 75, no. 8, BC Archives. Sidebar photo: Haida Gwaii 1918 (New Westminster Building Society archives). [FULL IMAGE]


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