993.613.1: Lantern Slide, "Director of Records", 1920-1929

Additional Images

993.613.1: Lantern Slide,
Image No. 3293 ; Photographer: Helen Kingsley

Object Description

Glass lantern slide of a cartoon by Ernest LeMessurier; "DIRECTOR OF RECORDS". The cartoon depicts Dr Ponton sitting listening to a phonograph which is labeled 'MACEACHERN' and underneath "HIS MASTERS VOICE". The image is framed and sandwiched with a cover glass, the edges are taped to seal the enclosed. The artist's signature, E. LeMessurier, can be seen towards the bottom of the slide.

Object Classification

Accession Number: 993.613.1
Collection: Audio-Visual
Date: 1920-1929

Object Dimensions

  • Length: 8.3 cm
  • Width: 10.1 cm
  • Diameter: 0.3 cm

Object Parts

Object Materials

  • gelatin emulsion,
  • glass,
  • paper

Acquisition Detail

  • History of Use: Dr. Malcolm T. MacEachern [1881-1956] was the driving force behind hospital standards and became known as "the father of hospital administration" during the early 20th century. He greatly improved hospital administration and made hospitals safe for the consumer. Dr. Thomas R. Ponton [1874-1948], after WWI became first assistant to Dr. MacEachern at the Vancouver General Hospital, and helped put in place an advanced system of supervision and methods of keeping case records. After succeeding Dr. MacEachern when he left VGH, Dr. Ponton devoted his medical life to hospital administration and consulting in hospital standards.