October 06, 2016 12:00 PM EDT Cincinnati


Rare Albumen Photograph of the Driving of the Last Spike of the Canadian Pacific Railway

7.25 x 9 in. albumen photograph on an 8 x 10 in. mount. A partly faded description in the negative dates the image at Craigellachie, British Columbia, on Nov. 7, 1885, at 9:30am, and identifies several of the men.  The man holding the hammer is Donald Alexander Smith (1820-1914), co-founder of the Canadian Pacific Railway, and the men beside him include CPR General Superintendent John Egan, manager William Cornelius Van Horne, surveyor Albert Bowman Rogers, engineers Sandford Fleming, Henry Cambie, and James Ross, contractor Michael Haney, and Sam Steele of the North-West Mounted Police.  The photographer was Alexander J. Ross of Winnipeg, Manitoba.



Light foxing, most noticeable in the sky and margins.  Mostly even toning, with some fading of the caption in the negative resulting in some of it being illegible.   Light wear to corners and edges of the mount.

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