VIEW-1741 | Kamloops on the C.P.R., BC, 1887

 
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Kamloops on the C.P.R., BC, 1887
William McFarlane Notman
1887, 19th century
Silver salts on glass - Gelatin dry plate process
20 x 25 cm
Purchase from Associated Screen News Ltd.
VIEW-1741
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Keywords:  Cityscape (3948) , harbour (624) , Photograph (77678) , view (1387)
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Keys to History

Many of Notman's pictures are beautiful works of art as well as being historically valuable. The light and shadows in this photograph, and the detail of the clouds, show great skill both in taking the picture and in making the print. Kamloops was the site of a fur-trading post founded in 1812, but as this photo shows, it was a tiny place until the railway came through. Like many other towns in southern BC, Kamloops owes its existence to the railway.

Source : Forging the National Dream [Web tour], by William R. Morrison, University of Northern British Columbia (see Links)

  • What

    Here is a view of a river town and steamboat.

  • Where

    This is Kamloops, BC.

  • When

    The photo was taken 1887.

  • Who

    The photographer, William McFarlane Notman (1857-1913), son of famous Montreal photographer William Notman (1826-91), made several trips across Canada taking pictures for the CPR.