1890s Bailey Bros. photo CPR train in Albert Canyon, British Columbia

$350.00 CAD

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Photo from famed B.C. photographer Charles Bailey.

Nice view of Albert Canyon in the Selkirk Mountains from a CPR train going through it

Hand-placed information strip on negative ‘X654 PASSENGERS VIEWING ALBERT CANYON, C.P.R. SELKIRKS’    ‘BAILEY BROS., PHOTO. VANCOUVER B.C

Silver gelatin print, lovely sepia-tone colour. Nice image

Mounted on thick cardboard card. Written in french in pencil at top of card: “Voyageurs regardent le canon Albert

Toning on edges of cardboard card, light warping.

Photo: 7-½” x 9-⅛”

Card:  9-⅝” x 12-¼”

(Red text is an electronic watermark that is not physically part of the photo for sale) 


Building the (CPR) railway, 1881–1885

One was that the CPR would need to find a route through the Selkirk Mountains in British Columbia while, at the time, it was not known whether a route even existed. The job of finding a pass was assigned to a surveyor named Major Albert Bowman Rogers. The CPR promised him a cheque for $5,000 and that the pass would be named in his honour. Rogers became obsessed with finding the pass that would immortalize his name. He discovered the pass in April 1881 and, true to its word, the CPR named it "Rogers Pass" and gave him the cheque.


Bailey Bros. photography company (ca. 1890-1898) was founded by a famous Vancouver based photographer Charles S. Bailey (1869-1896) and his brother William (1865-ca. 1836), the latter replacing H.G. Neelands in the “Bailey & Neelands” partnership (1889-1890). The company dealt in photography, books and stationary. After his move to Kamloops in 1896 Charles Bailey managed the local branch of Bailey Bros. His early death in 1898 put an end to the enterprise

Camera Workers: The British Columbia, Alaska & Yukon Photographic Directory online, vol. 1)

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