VIEW-2508 | 100 ton mountain engine on the C.P.R., near Field, BC, 1889

 
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100 ton mountain engine on the C.P.R., near Field, BC, 1889
William McFarlane Notman
1889, 19th century
Silver salts on glass - Gelatin dry plate process
20 x 25 cm
Purchase from Associated Screen News Ltd.
VIEW-2508
© McCord Museum
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Keywords:  Photograph (77678) , rail (370) , Train (185) , Transportation (2517)
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William Van Horne of the Canadian Pacific Railways realized the potential of photography as a promotional device. In an agreement made between Van Horne and the Notman studio, the railways provided transportation with stopovers at any station in exchange for photographs to be used in railway promotional programs. In 1884, William Notman's eldest son, William McFarlane Notman, made the first of many trips to the West. The photographs he brought back - scenes of mountains, gigantic trees and Native people - were very popular with tourists and local populations alike. Prints were sold as souvenirs.