Yukon Archives Images Database Anton Vogee Fonds


1890-1982, predominant 1897-1903

Physical Description

373 photographs : glass plate negatives; 3 b&w prints. -- 1 folder of textual records.

Biographical Sketch

Anton Vogee was born in Norway in July 1867 and raised near Andlesmith. He immigrated to the United States in 1888 and was granted American citizenship in 1890. He had an interest in art and he painted landscapes in a small studio before becoming a travelling sign painter for a tobacco firm. Vogee was also a self-taught photographer and initially used a camera to take photographs of the completed signs for proof of payment from the tobacco firm. After working for Plato Advertising in San Francisco, he opened his first sign shop in Portland, Oregon in 1896. When news of the Klondike Gold Rush reached Portland, he left for Alaska to capitalize on his trade. He opened a shop in Dyea in 1897 and a paint store and shop in Skagway in 1898. In 1899, he moved to Atlin, B.C. and established a tent gallery with a branch in the mining district of Pine City, which was managed by A.A. Garrison. Vogee arrived in Dawson City, Yukon in 1900 where he prospected for gold with little success. After a year, he returned to his old trade and opened Vogee's Sign and Paper Hanging Shop near Princess St. and 2nd Avenue (in Dawson City) which later changed to Vogee's Sign and Wall Paper Shop. He continued to paint signs and decorate and refurbish homes including John Hellwinkel's cabin. He also sold many of his photographs. On June 21, 1901 he married Inga Amelia Brevik in Dawson City. The Vogees had a son, Arthur, the following year. The family remained in Dawson City until October 1, 1908 when they left for Malde, Norway. Anton Vogee died in Vancouver, British Columbia on October 10, 1950 at the age of 84.

Custodial History

Arthur Vogee, son of Anton Vogee of Vancouver, British Columbia, inherited the glass plate negatives and donated them to the Yukon Archives in 1972 (82/271). Photographs taken at a 1973 Yukon House display in Vancouver, and other documents relating to Anton Vogee, were loaned to the Yukon Archives for copying by Arthur Vogee in 1982 (82/523).

Scope and Content

The fonds consists of photographs taken by Anton Vogee from 1897 to 1903 in his travels to various areas of the Yukon, British Columbia, and Alaska. The images include buildings and street scenes in Atlin, Dawson City, Dyea, Skagway, Bennett, Pine City, and Whitehorse, mining activity in Atlin and at Pine and Spruce Creeks, scenes of the Dyea Trail and Chilkoot Pass including an avalanche of 1898, White Pass and Yukon Route (WP&YR), sternwheelers, and exterior views of Vogee's shops and galleries (82/271). The fonds also contains photocopies of newspaper clippings, correspondence, display captions and three photographs relating to the 1973 Yukon House exhibit in Vancouver featuring Anton Vogee's photographs and memorabilia, photocopies of his citizenship papers, his son Arthur's birth certificate, stock certificates, personal correspondence, and a biographical sketch with revision notes made by Arthur Vogee in 1982 (82/523).

Source of Supplied Title Note

Title is based on provenance of the fonds.

Physical Description Note

The Yukon Archives made copy negatives from the glass plate negatives in 1972. The glass plate negatives are not available for viewing.

Location of Originals

The original three photographs and documents loaned in 1982 (82/523) are presumably held by Mary Ann Williams, granddaughter of Anton Vogee.

Availability of Reproductions Note

Reference prints are available.


There are no donor-imposed restrictions on this material. General copyright or institutional or legal restrictions may apply.

Finding Aid

Images #1-#370 in this fonds have been digitized and are available online for research and viewing. There is an inventory which describes each photograph (Inventory #1A and #1B). Photocopies of the photographs are filed alphabetically by subject in the Photograph Visual Finding Aid.

Accession Number(s)

82/271, 82/523


1-370 (82/271): Catalogued Photographs
MSS 122 (82/523): Textual Records
PHO 153 (82/523): Photographs

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