Place Published: studio location unknown
Publisher: photographer unknown
Date Published: 
Edition: 1st photo print?
Binding: No binding
EARLY EDITION OF SIGNED ICONIC L.M. M. PHOTO IN FINE CONDITION
Black and white silver circa 1935 (LMM age 61) print with white border. Depicts the beloved Montgomery looking straight at the camera with a stylish hat cocked smartly over her right eye. Size: Paper- 13.9 cm x 10.7 cm. Image: 13 cm x 9.9 cm. Printed on glossy paper.
Original signature of L.M. Montgomery from the lower middle rising to the right on an angle through a dark part of her clothing.
Verso has the number “39” stamped on the top right corner. All other similar LMM photos we were able to see the reverse of are stamped with number “87”. We believe this is the B&W print maker's printing id number and that "39" suggests an earlier set of prints ordered by Montgomery from the same negative.
Other than very minimal wear to a bottom left corner, the condition is fine.
Scare to market especially in an early edition iconic print with a darker lower background than other (later?) prints, signed and in fine condition. Despite the dark background the entire signature is fully visible in a brighter light.
A very nice collectable Montgomery item. The same dress and/or hat can be seen in informal photographs of Montgomery taken at various times and in different places, most notably on June 6, 1940 in front of Convocation Hall, University of Toronto with her younger son, Stuart, when he graduated from medical school.
This formal L.M. Montgomery portrait photograph may have been done in part as a fan souvenir and because Montgomery was named an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by King George V on June 3, 1935 for his Silver Jubilee year awards, into which she was invested on September 6, at Rideau Hall in Ottawa. She likely anticipated more requests for a formal photograph as a result of that very prestigious award.
Maud and Ewan remained in Ontario with Chester and Stuart. In 1926, they moved to the small village of Norval, ON, just north of Toronto. In April 25, 1935 when Ewan retired, the family relocated to Toronto (Village of Swansea, 210A Riverside Dr.), where they lived in a house near the Humber River that Maud dubbed “Journey’s End.” She died April 24, 1942, just 7 years later.
Fine. Item #8377