Horace Gordon Cox
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Horace Gordon Cox was born to Jane and Charles Cox on January 8, 1885 in Kidderminster, England. Graduating from high school at 16 in 1901, Cox attended the School of Art in Kidderminster and studied commercial art and design until 1908 when he emmigrated to Canada at the age of 23. After farming with relatives in Manitoba until 1910 and taking commercial courses in accounting, Cox moved to New Westminster in 1911 to take a position in the engineering branch of BC Electric Railway Company. Marrying his sweetheart from England, Frances Mary Oakes, July 8, 1914, he and Frances produced three sons: Neville, Spencer and Laurie. From 1913 to 1941 Cox had a full career working in the civil service of the Public Works department in New Westminster in various positions including Junior Engineer, Senior Clerk, Inspector of Dredging and Engineering Clerk. Although he was rejected for duty in the first World War, he supported the effort during the second by clerking in Victoria, from 1941 to 1946, attaining the rank of Sargent. Horace Gordon Cox lived to the age of 88 and died quietly on February 15, 1972 in Vancouver, BC.

Underlying this full life was his passion for the Arts. Cox wrote short stories, poetry and spent a large amount of time expanding on Jay Hambidge’s theory of Dynamic Symmetry, unsuccessfully attempting to publish a book on the subject. Even these endeavours took the back seat with respect to his main passion - photography. One of the testimonies to this fact is his legacy of preserved photos, papers and keepsakes recently uncovered after 30 years of storage following his death.

 

His collection expresses a man of organization - from detailed notes on the negative sleeves to the extensive record of photo submissions to various salons.

Ready for the Dance index card [CLICK TO ENLARGE]
Ready for the Dance [CLICK TO ENLARGE]
Negative 16 sleeve [CLICK TO ENLARGE]
Poem - Drums of Drake [CLICK TO ENLARGE]

 
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