I came across two pieces of Canadiana this past week which hve travelled 7000 km (4400 mi), around 80 years, and is in part about a man with an almost impossible goal. A man who had a huge effect on photography in western Canada. His name #ByronHarmon.
Byron Harmon’s desire was to photograph all the peaks in the Rockies. A man with an adventurous spirit who in working on his dream was a charter member of the Alpine Club of Canada. The ACC explored the remote regions of the Rockies and Selkirks. They surveyed, performed glacial studies, and have a number of first ascents to their name. A perfect situation for Harmon and his cameras.
They travelled by foot, packtrain, dogteam, snowshoe carrying teepees or tents. A man who captured not only a time and place but a spirit as well.
I came across Set I of ‘Selected Real Photographs’ – Canadian Pacific Rockies – 20 for 50c. Small 3 3/4 x 2 3/4 – black and white images in their original packaging . Published 1925-30?
The second item comes from #TheGowenSuttonCo.Ltd. A package of 10 #SceneOgraph real photos of Fraser Canyon – 10 for 25c. Photos uncredited but once again from around 1935-ish. The Gowen Sutton Co. was established by Vancouver postcard photographer Frank Gowan (1878-1946).