Nice set of three photo postcards with images taken along the route of the Canadian Pacific Railway near Kicking Horse B.C. The photos were taken in the early 1900s by the famed photographer Byron Harmon.
773 Kicking Horse Pass
Nice image of two CPR steam locomotives moving along track located in valley, beside river.
777 Mt. Field and Kicking horse canyon
Nice image of observation railway car with tourists, last car of long line. In the background large majestic Mount Field, near Field B.C.
778 Mt. Stephen and Kicking Horse River
Nice image of CPR steam locomotive ‘5021’moving along track located in valley, beside Kicking Horse river. In the background large majestic Mount Stephen near Field B.C.
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Byron Harmon arrived in Banff from Tacoma, Washington in 1903 as a travelling photographer. The landscape and the spirit of adventure which permeated the Rockies then captivated Byron and set the stage for his life's work.
Byron's photographs capture the golden era of mountain exploration, yet they go beyond recording places and events. He was acutely aware of telling a story with photographs; he made sure of the casting, set the scene, and engrosses the viewer in the action.
When the Alpine Club of Canada was established in 1906 Byron was a founding member and its official photographer. The ACC undertook much of the formal exploration of the remote regions in the Rockies and Selkirks including surveying, glacial studies and many first ascents. This provided the perfect setting for photography and many of the early Harmon photographs date from these ACC camps and expeditions.
Most of Byron's photographs were taken with a 5X7 view camera with cellulose-nitrate negatives as glass plates were too heavy and fragile. In addition to these basic cameras he often had a smaller view camera along on an expedition and oddities like a stereo or panorama cameras.