J.W. Bald was a Canadian photographer who recorded life in his community from 1890 until his retirement in 1953.
John Witherspoon Bald, born April 7, 1868, was the son of Scottish-born James Bald and Agnes Brown of Parsonstown, Kings (now Offaly), Ireland. Two years after his birth, the Balds emigrated to Nottawasaga, Simcoe, Ontario, Canada, where James Bald worked as a farmer.
On January 3, 1900, J.W. married Isabella Culbert in Barrie, Ontario. In 1901, they lived in Penetanguishene, Simcoe East, Ontario, with their young son.  J.W. worked as a photographer. By 1911, the couple had had three more children and had moved to Midland, Ontario, where John had bought a photo studio on King Street. In 1921 they lived at 193 Ellen Street in Midland with their five children.
J.W. died on July 14, 1961. 
For a description of J.W.'s career as a photographer, see Wikipedia entry.
For a photo of J.W. and more information about his career, see Huronia Museum.
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