Monday, August 21, 2017


This is a bittersweet day: I am saying goodbye to History in Photos. I've been at this for five years and have put a lot of time and effort into finding historical photos that - to me, and hopefully to you - are interesting, educational, and have something to say about the human condition. Other priorities are now calling, but it has been a vastly interesting - and occasionally obsessive - journey for me. I never did this for page views but I hope it has been interesting for you as well. 

I end, somewhat symbolically, with the final set of photos from the 1954 road trip taken by the four Canadian ladies.

Audrey James and Marg Thompson with a dog in the back 
of a truck, De Winton, Alberta, August 12, 1954
Helen Salkeld, Anna Brown, Audrey James, Rosemary Gilliat and the 
Thompson family stopping for lunch, Kananaskis, Alberta, August 15, 1954
Billy Thompson and Helen Salkeld, Kananaskis, Alberta, August 15, 1954
Anna Brown in the Rockies, Kananaskis Road, Alberta, August 15, 1954
Rain, Fraser Canyon, British Columbia, August 19, 1954
Helen Salkeld eating in her tent near Fraser River, British Columbia, August 19, 1954
Anna Brown and Rosemary Gilliat writing and reading by candlelight 
at a camp near Fraser River, British Columbia, August 19, 1954
Anna Brown eating by a tent at a camp site in Garibaldi 
Provincial Park, British Columbia, August 23, 1954
Pipe band playing on ferry near Bowen Island, 
Howe Sound, British Columbia, August 21, 1954
After the rain all belongings are spread out to dry in 
Garibaldi Provincial Park, British Columbia, August 25, 1954
Helen Salkeld and Anna Brown erecting tents near 
Copper Mountain, British Columbia, August 27, 1954
Anna Brown and Rosemary Gilliat erecting a tent, 
possibly Belmont Lake, Ontario, September 5, 1954
 Source: BiblioArchives/LibraryArchives Canada

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Prairie Towns

Family in a carriage, Humboldt, Saskatchewan
 Freda and Edward, Hatton, Saskatchewan, September 1921
Hanley, Saskatchewan, May 31, 1910
Humboldt, Saskatchewan, July 12, 1918
Humboldt, Saskatchewan, October 1914
Watching baseball game, Humboldt, Saskatchewan, 1912
Langham, Saskatchewan, 1909
1st Avenue looking south, Nipawin, Saskatchewan
Cutting wheat on the Franklin Realty Company's farm, Nokomis, Saskatchewan
Fire at Nokomis, Saskatchewan, February 3, 1921
Nipawin, Saskatchewan, 1925
Nokomis, Saskatchewan, May 28, 1912
Prairie schooners, Nokomis, Saskatchewan
Source: Prairie Towns

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Leslie Jones

United Nations War Relief Cavalcade, 1942
Vincent Club horse cart advertising fund raiser 
for Vincent Memorial Hospital, 1935
Who wouldn't be a life saver? 1917-34
Woman painting at Gloucester
Women rowers on the Charles, ca. 1930
Women swimmers, ca. 1942
Young couples ready for game of ping pong
Courtesy of the Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones Collection

Friday, August 18, 2017

Vintage Ireland

Walsh's Royal Mail and Day Car, Sligo, ca. 1885
Woman apparently dressed as the Queen of Spades, ca. 1905
Woman passing a newsagents on Sackville Street 
(now O'Connell Street), Dublin, ca. 1902
Workers on the steps of Liberty Hall, 6 December 1913
Y-junction with people, Newcastle, County Down, ca. 1880

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Prairie Towns

Carnival, Leader, Saskatchewan, August 20, 1917
Derrick built by schoolboys, Lancer, Saskatchewan
Kaiser Wilhelm Ave., Langenberg, Saskatchewan
[pre-WW1, I'm guessing]
Lang, Saskatchewan
Lanigan Hotel, Lanigan, Saskatchewan
 Loverna, Saskatchewan
["field mice air conditioned the sod" :)]
Luseland, Saskatchewan
Lashburn Fair, Saskatchewan, 1911
Lashburn, Saskatchewan, 1908
Lashburn, Saskatchewan
Sir Wilfred Laurie visits Lashburn, Saskatchewan
[Prime Minister of Canada from 1896 to 1911]
Source: Prairie Towns

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Misc Vintage

Some random photos. I really like the sense of fun in some of these.

Family group, Isle of Man, 1893-94
Girls with carriage, July 4, 1912