Sunday, December 11, 2016

Circa 1890 Bark Canoe photo: Five Canoes Starting from Island Portage

An now expired Ebay ad featured  a circa 1890 albumen stereoview image. Captioned  as "...Five canoes Starting from Island Portage", it shows a group of men with their bark canoes loaded with gear. Publisher T.W. Ingersoll was located in St. Paul, Minnesota but there is no additional information on the specific location of the shot. There must be thousands of Island Portages out there.

Unfortunately, no clear views of the paddles being used are visible (unlike a similar scene from an 1895 Canadian Geological survey photo - post here). But a guide in the foreground is tumping a large pack cloth roll along with sacs of supplies thrown on for good measure...

Pack Cloth Roll closeup


David said...

Thank you for all the work you do to share those pictures, they are great ans I love them!!

Murat said...

You're most welcome David. Thanks for reading!

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