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Visit PAMA to Enjoy Peel's Historic Winter Photos


Brampton photographer Betty Odlum captured its winter magic

If you're craving some beautiful winter scenery while the weather is queuing up for it – or just want to enjoy the outdoors while warm indoors – you can catch some of Brampton photographer Betty Odlum's marvellous winter photographs at the Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives (PAMA) from mid-December until May.

Betty Odlum was a gifted amateur photographer who documented life in Peel from the 1950s onward. She skillfully photographed her neighbourhood and the changing nature of Brampton's downtown, including demolition of the Dale Estate greenhouses for new residential development.

Odlum also captured images of Brampton through the changing seasons. She took wonderful shots of the fall colours on tree-lined streets and stark beauty of downtown neighbourhoods in winter.

Odlum's Collection

Odlum's estate donated a large collection of her Kodachrome colour slides and some family photo albums and prints to the Peel Archives in 2016. Some of those are included in an exhibit of recent photographic donations to the Archives, which is located in PAMA's William Perkins Bull Reading Room.

Betty Odlum, born in 1924, lived her entire life in Brampton, primarily at her family home on Lorne Avenue, near the former Dale Estate Flower Nurseries. After completing high school, she graduated from business college and began working for Bell Canada in 1943. She worked from Bell's Brampton office until she retired. Odlum died in 2015.

Odlum produced at least 1,000 Kodachrome colour slides, which tend to retain their true, vivid colours. PAMA's Betty Odlum fonds also includes at least 1,500 photographic prints. Odlum inherited family photographs, including some of the earliest original photographs of downtown Brampton. You can see a sampling of her work in in this small exhibit.

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