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Posted 1 year ago

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walksoftly
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Selected photo's of the Canadian Pacific Railway, it's Hotels & scenes through Alberta & British Columbia, including Banff & Yoho National Parks.
These come from the prolific photographer Byron Harmon, B 1876 in Tacoma, Washington. His collection of more than 6500 photographs provide the best glimpse of the Canadian Rockies in the early 20th century. The collection is now housed at the Whyte Museum in Banff, Alberta.
As a teenager, photography grabbed his interest and he waded into the new medium with a pinhole camera he constructed himself.
In 1903, at age 27, Harmon made a short visit to a bustling little community in the Canadian Rockies called Banff. The visit was short but his impression of the place was a lasting one and he soon returned to make a living photographing mountains. Without roads or trail systems, the mountains required him to negotiate their steep slopes and treacherous passes to discover his sought after images, a deed equally as challenging as framing up the jagged peaks. His forays into mountaineering bore fruit and in 1906 he opened up shop on Banff Avenue.
Image #1 Envelope/display folder

Image #2 Banff Village & Cascade Mountain

Image#3 Mt. Rundle

Image #4 Castle Mountain

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  1. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 1 year ago
    Wow, I didn't remember the mountain being that large! Beautiful place. Took the lift up & it was actually snowing on us in August up there! Started a Canook kid in Banff. Ah, such memories. I'll never forget, uh-uh-uh---, what's her name
  2. walksoftly walksoftly, 1 year ago
    Thanks for the love Tony & nldionne.
  3. walksoftly walksoftly, 1 year ago
    Thanks B'buss for the love & the comment.
    Could it be you don't remember as you had your eyes on something else?
    And yes it is a beautiful place, I was only there once in 1986.
  4. walksoftly walksoftly, 1 year ago
    Thanks for the love, vetraio50.
  5. walksoftly walksoftly, 1 year ago
    Thanks for the love, Phil, Kolya, Geno & Gargoyle
  6. antiquarius123 antiquarius123, 1 year ago
    Great photos - are these in the museum or are they yours?
  7. walksoftly walksoftly, 1 year ago
    Thanks for the love, Petey!
  8. walksoftly walksoftly, 1 year ago
    Thanks for the love & the kind words antiquarius.
    They originally belonged to a relative who passed away years ago, most likely they were purchased while the family was using their free rail pass. Her father was a section foreman for CP, in southern Manitoba.

    Link to his railroad photo's
    http://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/17747-rail-maintenance-crew
  9. walksoftly walksoftly, 1 year ago
    Thanks for the love Sis, PW, Phil, rniederman, Sean, vetraio & Nicole.
  10. kerry10456 kerry10456, 1 year ago
    Very neat item David, always love RR stuff and this is special
  11. walksoftly walksoftly, 1 year ago
    Thanks so much Kerry, I always appreciate you checking out my posts.
  12. kerry10456 kerry10456, 1 year ago
    You're very welcome David, gotta love these, all 4 postings are super.
  13. walksoftly walksoftly, 1 year ago
    Glad you enjoyed them Kerry.

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