MP-1979.111.17 | Man & dog, near Dawson, YT, about 1900

Man & dog, near Dawson, YT, about 1900
Edwin Tappan Adney
About 1900, 19th century or 20th century
Silver salts on glass - Gelatin dry plate process
12 x 10 cm
© McCord Museum
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Keys to History

Could this be Dangerous Dan McGrew? He looks as though he might be dangerous, but Dan McGrew is, of course, the fictional subject of the best-known poem by Robert Service (1874-1958). Service, born in England, was not a miner, but a bank clerk, serving for eight years in the Bank of Commerce in Whitehorse and Dawson City. The gold rush was over by the time he arrived in 1905, but his poetry caught the spirit of the era, and his 1908 collection of verse, Songs of a Sourdough, made him rich and famous the world over. Ironically, perhaps, he died not in the North but on the French Riviera.

Source : Off to the Klondike! The Search for Gold [Web tour], by William R. Morrison, University of Northern British Columbia (see Links)

  • What

    Dogs were a vital means of transportation during the gold rush, especially in the winter.

  • Where

    The photograph was taken in Dawson City, Yukon, the largest city in Canada west of Winnipeg at that time.

  • When

    It is 1900, but could almost as easily have been any time in history in northern Europe or Russia.

  • Who

    This man and his dog typify one of nature's oldest relationships.