RPPC postcard photo of chariot racers leaving a cloud of dust in their wake at the Exhibition Grounds racetrack at Winnipeg. The Winnipeg Stampede was held 9-16 August 1913.
This was the second Stampede ever held. After the first one in Calgary in 1912, the next year it was moved to Winnipeg. After going to NYC in 1916, and then being cancelled during WW1, the fourth Stampede returned to Calgary, where is has been held ever since.
Photo of two horse drawn wagons racing, with caption “CHARIOT RACE. STAMPEDE”.
Right side signature: “Meyers Winnipeg 1.” The photographer was Charles Meyers.
Photo bit yellowed right side. Some discoloration on back.
(Red text is an electronic watermark that is not physically part of the photo for sale)
Charles Ignatious Meyers (1892-1984)
He came to Winnipeg with his family in the early 20th century where he began working as a photographer. In 1918, in the late days of the First World War, he enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary Force. Following his military discharge in 1919, operating out of a Winnipeg studio on Notre Dame Avenue, he ventured around southern Manitoba into the 1920s, taking photographs that were made into postcards, many of which survive today. He later returned to Toronto where he continued working as a photographer.
Exhibitions and fairs with various rodeo events were held throughout eastern Canada and the USA since the late 1800s. Winnipeg businessman James Ryan S, W.H. Fares and F.H. Moon seeing the success of the Calgary Stampede in 1912 run by Guy Weadick, convinced Guy to run the Stampede in Winnipeg in 1913 after the Calgary promoters decided not to run one in 1913. In January 1913 Weadick negotiated with the syndicate headed by James Ryan to bring the Stampede to Winnipeg in August and raise $20.000 to run the event with. Winnipeg was home to the second official Stampede which was the name officially applied to the shows put on by Guy Weadick. The Winnipeg Stampede of 1913 was not a financial success and Winnipeg did not have any further Stampedes run by Guy Weadick…It was not until the fourth Stampede in Calgary in 1918 that success was brought with the Stampede events