Orville James (Jimmy) Manson was born in 1915 in Turtleford, Saskatchewan. He was the third child of Sanford and Bertha Manson. The family moved to St. Catharines, Ontario in 1925. Jimmy served in the Canadian Navy during World War II. In 1946 he married Audrey Weeks. He took many pictures of local scenery and points of interest, some of which he made into paintings. He died in 2005.

Click here to view the Orville (Jimmy) Manson family fonds: https://dr.library.brocku.ca/bitstream/handle/10464/13053/Orville%20%28Jimmy%29%20Manson%20family%20fonds%20RG%20614.pdf

Recent Submissions

  • Photograph - H.M.C.S. "Frotenac" 

    Unknown author (1945)
    A photograph of the H.M.C.S. "Frontenac" revised class corvette. The captions reads "my last and best ship - Summer 1945"
  • Photograph - H.M.C.S. "Kapuskasing"; 'Algernine' Class Minesweeper 

    Unknown author (1945-02)
    A photograph of the H.M.C.S. "Kapuskasing" Minesweeper. The caption reads "Taken on my last trip on 'Triangle' run during our roughest trip before re-fitting leave at home. The 'Kapuskasing' relieved the 'Matapedia' to ...
  • Photograph - H.M.C.S. Matapedia upon "Slips" at Pictou, N.S. - Nov. 1944 

    Unknown author (1944-11)
    A photograph of the H.M.C.S Matapedia upon "Slips" at Pictou, N.S. in November 1944.
  • Photographs - US Navy Coastal Patrol Blimp and U.S.S. "Texas" 

    Unknown author (1940s)
    Two photographs, the first is a "US Navy Coastal Patrol Blimp" and the second is the "U.S.S. 'Texas' entering New York after D-Day landings". In the second photo there is a side profile of Ldg. Sto. Murray Arnott of Toronto.
  • Photograph - Three Corvettes in St. Johns, Newfoundland 

    Unknown author (1940s)
    A photograph of three Corvettes in St. Johns, Newfoundland.
  • Photographs - Fall 1943 

    Unknown author (1943)
    Photographs from the Fall of 1943 on the "Hamilton" in Annapolis Basin, Nova Scotia. These include: "SPOs: D. Watts, Bob Peach, 'Scotty' MacDonald, 'Rocky' Crawford, Ch. SPO Racine", "Revolver Practice on the Foc'sle ...
  • Photographs - August 1943, U.S.N. Carrier and Destroyers 

    Unknown author (1943-08)
    Photographs in August 1943: "U.S.N. Carrier", "U.S.N. Carrier from Bow of H.M.C.S. Hamilton", "Royal Navy Destroyer and Flotilla of U.S.N. Destroyers and Carrier on the high seas", "Ships anchored in Halifax Harbour during ...
  • Photographs - HMCS Hamilton, Digby Nova Scotia, Annapolis Basin 

    Unknown author (1940s)
    Photographs of Digby, Nova Scotia and the Annapolis Basin from the HMCS Hamilton.
  • Photographs - Aboard the "Assiniboine" & Burial at Sea of a Canadian Sailor Lost in Action 

    Unknown author (1940s)
    Two photographs, the first is captioned "Fighting a fire aboard the 'Assiniboine' caused by enemy shelling", the second caption reads "Burial at sea of a Canadian Sailor lost in the Action".
  • Photograph - HMCS Hamilton 

    Unknown author (1940s)
    A photograph of the HMCS Hamilton Town Class Destroyer during World War II.
  • Photograph album, 1943-1948 

    Manson, Orville (Jimmy) (1940s)
    Contains 413 black and white photographs. The album contains family photos of Jim and Audrey Manson, as well as photos of Jim Manson’s service with the Navy during World War II. Naval photographs include Jim Manson in ...
  • Photograph Album 1936-1944 

    Unknown author (1936-44)
    Photograph album, 1936-1944, n.d. Contains 92 black and white photographs of Jim Manson, Audrey Weeks, as well as their friends and family. Some photographs feature men in uniform who served during World War II, including ...
  • Photograph - Collapsed Falls View Bridge, 1938 

    Unknown author (1938-01-28)
    A photograph of the Falls view Bridge after it collapsed in January 1938.
  • Photograph - Orville Manson, 1919 

    Unknown author (1919)
    A photograph of Orville Manson approximately 4 years old.
  • Photograph - Manson Family, 1893 

    Unknown author (1893)
    A photograph of the Manson family. The reverse of the photograph lists the individuals: "Sanford Manson in the light suit, age 18 years. Mr. And Mrs. A. Manson and Family. Back row left to right: Sanford 18, Minnie ...
  • Postcard - Sanford Manson 

    Tower Studio in Montgomery Ward & Co. (n.d.)
    A postcard with a photograph of Sanford Manson beside an illustration of Montgomery Ward and Co. Tower. The front of the postcard reads "Souvenir of Chicago", "I have been up here", "Excepting the Washington Monument and ...
  • Photograph - Jimmie and Sanford Manson 

    Unknown author (n.d.)
    A photograph of two young boys. The reverse of the photograph reads "Jimmie Manson and Sanford Manson". The photograph was taken by Townend in Almonte, Ontario.
  • Photograph - Jimmie Manson 

    Unknown author (n.d.)
    A photograph of "Jimmie Manson" (written on reverse of photo).
  • Slides - Port Robinson Lift Bridge, August 27, 1974 

    Unknown author (1974-08-26)
    A collection of slides showing the destruction of the Port Robinson bridge after a Freighter crashed into the bridge. The slides are dated the day after the disaster, August 26th, 1974.

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