The Dumas Family of Montreal Photographers

Dumas Brothers & friends in the studio on Vitre street  Sept 1, 1902   From the collection of Marc G. Vallieres

Standing, from left to right:  Alfred Morissette, Emile Dumas and Ernest Lamontagne
Seated, from left to right:  Adelard Lamontagne, Amedee Dumas and Albert Dumas

From: "Biographies Canadiennes-Francaises"
By Raphael Ouimet, published Montreal, 1922
(translated by Marc G. Vallieres)

The Dumas brothers operated photo studios in Montreal at the beginning of the 20th century.  They were born in St.Anselme-de-Dorchester, on the South shore of the St.Lawrence, below Quebec City.  They were the children of Aubert Dumas, a farmer, and Anna Baquet dit Lamontagne, who were married in St.Michel-de-Bellechasse on Nov. 14, 1865.

The oldest son, J.A., came first to Montreal and operated his studio at 112 Vitre Street, located where the Ville-Marie expressway now stands.

His brother Albert, born on Oct. 17, 1880, became an apprentice to J.A. but soon opened his own studio in 1905 on St.Catherine Street, near Sanguinet, in a more fashionable area.  Albert was married to Albertine Berard on Jan 23, 1906 in St.Jacques parish in Montreal.  He died in Montreal on Dec. 5, 1951and his wife Albertine on Oct. 17, 1960.

They had other brothers who all worked for the Dumas studios.

1910 postcard of Albert Dumas
(submitted by Simonne Boudreau)
Card was sent to Mons. Josephat Dumas, St-Anselme, Co. Dorchester, P.Q.

Writing on picture side says:  "Nous sommes allés sur la montagne et Albertine a posé mon cheval.  Elle aime cela faire du kodak et un tour de voiture aussi.  Embarques-tu faire un tour?  Albert 19 août 1910"
Writing on back says:  "On va vous attendre pour le Congrès Eucharistique à l'automne commencement de septembre, n'est-ce-pas?  J'aurai une voiture à quatre pour nous promener..."

Photo postcard of Dumas Family 1928

From left to right:

Albertine Dumas (wife of Albert) 
Albert Dumas 
Simone Dumas (Albert's daughter?) 
Lorette Dumas (Albert's daughter?)
Noella Dumas (wife of Gaudias)
Gaudias Dumas (brother of Albert)

From the collection of Marc G. Vallieres 

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