City launches New Heritage Photo Exhibit

City of Charlottetown launches New Heritage Photo Exhibit
Posted on 10/03/2019
The City of Charlottetown invites the public to explore historic photographs of the City in the Planning and Heritage Department’s latest exhibit entitled, Picturing A City: Early 20th Century Charlottetown.

The images featured in this display appeared in a publication used to promote tourism of Charlottetown in the early 1900’s entitled, Charlottetown: The Beautiful City of Prince Edward Island. A time capsule of sorts, the brochure contains photos of buildings and landscapes that were taken by amateur photographer, William Steele Louson.

Louson came to Prince Edward Island from Quebec in 1900 and worked as an agent for the national wholesale firm, Greenshields Limited. His work took him all over the Island and he used the opportunity to photograph the province from tip to tip. Many of his images were made into postcards and tourism brochures, and some were featured in shop windows around the City.

The Heritage staff wishes to thank all of the individuals and organizations who donate images and artifacts to make these exhibits possible. These donations allow the history of the city to be shared with the public and promotes its rich heritage. For more information on donating photos or allowing the City’s Heritage staff to scan images to be used in a future display, please contact the Planning and Heritage Department at 902-629-4051.

All are welcome to come and view the display in the storefront windows of the Planning and Heritage Department at 233 Queen Street. The exhibit runs until Monday, November 4.

Past exhibits can be found at