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Nice early image of a horse-drawn carriage for tourists.
On back: 'The Valentine & Son Publishing Co Ltd. Toronto Montreal. Printed in Great Britain'.
Numbered LR ‘101821’ and ‘J.V.’ in cartouche.
Postmarked Niagara Falls Sep 6 1910 to Montreal, stamp missing.
Nice colours, paper is coated.
Valentine & Sons of Dundee were Scotland’s most successful commercial photographers. In the early 1900s, at the height of the postcard revolution, they published photographs showing scenes from around the world. Often regarded as only postcard publishers, Valentines produced images in various formats including fine early photographic prints.
The company was founded in Dundee by James’s father, John Valentine, in 1825. After learning the daguerreotype process in Paris in the late 1840s, in 1851 James added portrait photography to the family business. By the 1860s the company had begun to cater to the growing tourist industry by producing photographic prints with views from around the country. After James’s death in 1880, his son William Dobson took over the ever-expanding business.
Valentine & Sons first printed postcards in 1898. Canadian production began between 1903 and 1906 with offices of the Canadian subsidiary, Valentine & Sons Publishing Co., Ltd., established first in Montreal and then Toronto and Winnipeg.