The Dickeys’ profound love of Revelstoke reflected in a new book from the Museum & Archives
By David F. Rooney
Earle and Estelle Dickey loved Revelstoke deeply. That’s a fact that can be measured by their chronicling of the community’s history during much of the 20th century. But don’t take my word for it. You can gauge the depth of their feeling for our community by examining the images of local life taken by these professional photographers.
Many of the Dickeys unforgettable images have now been collected, edited and published in a book, Reflections: four decades of photographs by Earle & Estelle Dickey, published by the Revelstoke Museum & Archives.
Set to be launched Saturday evening during a special dinner at the Hillcrest Hotel (click here to view the poster), the book lovingly tells both the story of these remarkable citizens and the community whose life they faithfully captured on film between 1920 and the early 1970s.
Earle was born here to pioneer residents William and Sarah Dickey. His wife, Estelle (nee Jones), came here in 1916 to work as a cashier at CB Hume’s General Store. A niece of Hume’s wife, Emily, the two were married in 1920 and worked together as team with Earle taking the pictures and Estelle developing them in the darkroom. She also hand-tinted many of the images taken in the years before colour film was developed. After Earle died in 1954, she continued to take pictures of community life. Estelle eventually retired to Sicamous and died in Vernon in 1980.
Their family later donated all of their photos, which constitute a remarkable chronicle of community life, to the Revelstoke Museum & Archives. For more information about Reflections, please contact the Revelstoke Museum & Archives at 250-837-3067.
How do you measure one couple’s love of Revelstoke? Examine the photos below and you be the judge…