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1988 - Moments in Time: Saskatoon Through the Lens of Leonard Hillyard

The Leonard A. Hillyard collection of photographs and negatives is a rich visual record of Saskatoon history. For six decades, from 1909 when he hired on for $2.00 a week as an assistant in a local photographic studio, until his retirement from the profession in 1974, Hillyard photographed people, places and events in the city.

Emigrating as a teenager with his parents from southern England, he arrived in Saskatoon in 1907 just as the pre-World War 1 building boom was getting seriously under way. Housing was so scarce that the family camped out in a tent during their first summer here. Two years later, however, they were becoming established, and young Len Hillyard took a first step toward what would become his life work when he obtained employment as helper to local photographer George Trott. After gaining additional experience with William Finley and Ralph Dill respectively, he opened his own photographic studio in 1913.

The outbreak of war the following year interrupted his career but, after serving overseas, he returned to the city and reopened this studio. For the next half century, Hillyard and his camera recorded the business endeavours, leisure-time activities, and special moments of Saskatonians. Although in 1966 he sold the business to Donald Steeves, who operated it under the name of Creative Professional Photographers, Hillyard continued to work with Steeves until he retired in 1974, sixty-five years after accepting his first job in a local darkroom.

It was with the co-operation of Steeves that the Leonard Hillyard photograph collection came to be housed in the Local History Room of the Saskatoon Public Library.

In recognition of his work, the Local History Room presents this exhibition “Moments in Time: Saskatoon through the lens of Leonard Hillyard”.

As is evident in the exhibition, Hillyard particularly enjoyed outdoor photography, recording special occasions and celebrations, construction projects, industrial development, and aerial views. His appreciation of light, his receptivity to form, and his keen eye for the interesting, the humorous, the aesthetically pleasing, as well as the documentary statement, are illustrated in this sampling of his work.

Original Gallery Show (1988) curated and produced by: Local History Room Staff



1988 - Moments in Time: Saskatoon Through the Lens of Leonard Hillyard

J.F. Cairn's horse-drawn delivery van negotiates the "Long Hill" en route to the Traffic Bridge.

Date: 1913.

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1988 - Moments in Time: Saskatoon Through the Lens of Leonard Hillyard

A birds-eye view of the midway at the Saskatoon Exhibition.

Date: 1913.

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1988 - Moments in Time: Saskatoon Through the Lens of Leonard Hillyard

Hillyard took what would become his best known and most copied photograph shortly after construction of the Bessborough Hotel and Broadway Bridge was completed.

Date: [ca. 1939]

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1988 - Moments in Time: Saskatoon Through the Lens of Leonard Hillyard

Ed's Service Station and the Gregory Tire Company, 158-160 3rd Avenue South.

Date: 1925.

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1988 - Moments in Time: Saskatoon Through the Lens of Leonard Hillyard

Steel framework of the Bessborough Hotel as seen from 21st Street East. The Masonic Temple and Oddfellow's Hall are shown on the north side of the street; the Saskatoon Club and Rosary Hall on the south side.

Date: [1930 or 1931]

Photographer: Gibson Photo (original) no. 1 / Hillyard, Leonard A., no. 2.

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1988 - Moments in Time: Saskatoon Through the Lens of Leonard Hillyard

Children line up with their pets for the Hudson's Bay Co. pet parade and fun show, at the Hudson's Bay Service Station on 2nd Avenue North.

Date: [193-]

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1988 - Moments in Time: Saskatoon Through the Lens of Leonard Hillyard

Construction of the Broadway Bridge, Saskatoon’s largest make-work project during the depression. Photo no. 51 in a documentary series.

Date: July 15, 1932.

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1988 - Moments in Time: Saskatoon Through the Lens of Leonard Hillyard

Formal opening of the Broadway Bridge.

Date: November 11, 1932.

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1988 - Moments in Time: Saskatoon Through the Lens of Leonard Hillyard

Caswell's Ltd. when it was located in the former Post Office building at the corner of 21st Street East and 1st Avenue South.

Date: [between 1931 and 1932]

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1988 - Moments in Time: Saskatoon Through the Lens of Leonard Hillyard

The Saskatoon Public Library's first permanent home at 311 23rd Street East. Built in 1928, it was torn down in 1964 to make way for the Frances Morrison Public Library.

Date: [between 1945 and 1955]

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1988 - Moments in Time: Saskatoon Through the Lens of Leonard Hillyard

Mill hands at Robin Hood Mill load freight cars.

Date: [between 1930 and 1949]

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1988 - Moments in Time: Saskatoon Through the Lens of Leonard Hillyard

Chief John Edward Faithful and his Saskatoon fire fighters pose for a formal portrait in front of Fire Hall No. 1 on 23rd Street East.

Date: 1934.

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1988 - Moments in Time: Saskatoon Through the Lens of Leonard Hillyard

Chrysler and Plymouth models on display in the showroom of Automobile Clearing House, 312-314 1st Avenue South.

Date: 1934.

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1988 - Moments in Time: Saskatoon Through the Lens of Leonard Hillyard

The dedication of the Vimy Memorial Bandstand in Kiwanis Park, as seen from the top of the Bessborough Hotel.

Date: September 1, 1937.

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1988 - Moments in Time: Saskatoon Through the Lens of Leonard Hillyard

The Canadian National Railway depot on 1st Avenue under construction. In the background, not yet demolished, is the railway station built in 1910. This is photo #1 in a documentary series.

Date: October 13, 1938.

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1988 - Moments in Time: Saskatoon Through the Lens of Leonard Hillyard

Crew of Poole Construction Co. at work on the weir near 33rd Street. Note ski jump on opposite river bank.

Date: September 22, 1939.

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1988 - Moments in Time: Saskatoon Through the Lens of Leonard Hillyard

A November 11 memorial service at the Cenotaph on 21st Street East. Military, veterans, and other Saskatonians honour their war dead.

Date: [194-]

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1988 - Moments in Time: Saskatoon Through the Lens of Leonard Hillyard

Looking west on 21st Street East towards the Canadian National Railway station.

Date: [194-]

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1988 - Moments in Time: Saskatoon Through the Lens of Leonard Hillyard

The Barry Hotel, Adilman's Department Store, and the Albany Hotel are highlighted in this view of 20th Street West.

Date: [between 1944 and 1948]

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1988 - Moments in Time: Saskatoon Through the Lens of Leonard Hillyard

The interior of Third Avenue Church showing architectural detail prior to renovation and redecorating.

Date: [194-]

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