Nice set of five majestic photo postcards with images taken along the route of the Canadian Pacific Railway in Alberta and British Columbia. The photos were taken in the early 1900s by the famed photographer Byron Harmon.
77 Mt. Albert Canyon
Stopped train, with passengers looking over vista from lookout station.
Pencil text on back
774 Mt. Chancellor
Front view of engine #5178
775 Entering Connaught Tunnel and Ross Peak
Two steam engines pulling railway cars
776 East Portal Connaught Tunnel Mt. Macdonald
Steam engine with railway cars, Engine #--78
779 Entering Lower Spiral and Mt. Stephen B.C.
Stream engine with long line of railway cars.
Printed on backs:
MADE IN CANADA
Along the line of the Canadian Pacific Railway.
Photographed and Copyrighted by
BYRON HARMON, BANFF, CANADA
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.