The boys

mrs-gordons-boys-1907-montreal-musee-mccord“Mrs. Gordon’s boys,” Montreal, 1906, by Wm. Notman & Son, via McCord Museum Common on flickr.

The boys’ father was a wealthy businessman and banker, and their garden encompassed five acres. Next door, another four acres were owned by their uncle and aunt, Harriet Brooks Pitcher. She was an early nuclear scientist who contributed to the discovery of radon and worked briefly with Marie Curie.