Late 1800s USA Barker stereoscopic photo cabin on Niagara ice bridge

$28.00 CAD

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In particularly cold winters, ice and snow commonly form over the portion of the Niagara River at the base of the falls creating an “ice bridge.”

Stereoscopic photo of temporary cabins thrown up on the ice bridge. The cabin is ramshackle, a bunch of boards pounded together. On snowbank a man is standing beside pole with sign at top ‘Fred’s Cabins’.

Niagara – Freds Cabins – Hotel on the Ice Bridge 
On line of N.Y.C. & H.R.R.R


N.Y.C. & H.R.R.R: New York Central and Hudson River Railroad. 

Smudges on card. Light damage LR corner.

3 ” x 6


George Barker (1844 –  1894) was a Canadian-American photographer best known for his photographs of Niagara Falls.

In July 1862, he made his first trip to Niagara Falls, New York, where he found a job working for Platt D. Babbitt. By the late 1860s, he had studios in both London and Niagara Falls, with the Niagara studio called Barker's Stereoscopic View Manufactory and Photograph Rooms and had become known nationwide for his large-format (up to 18 in × 20 in (46 cm × 51 cm)) and stereographic prints of the falls. In 1866, he won a gold medal for landscape photography at the convention for the Photographers Association of America, held in Saint Louis.


Niagara Falls Heritage Foundation Government of Canada Local Initiatives Grant.... research by George Seibel.... Men of opportunity erect shanties, some of them dignified with the name of hotel, on the ice bridge, along the path. These buildings are a wonder. They spring up in a day, in an hour in fact. Their only foundation is the ice and each one has nearly 200 feet of water in the cellar