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Sat, Jul 6, 2024 09:00AM EDT
Lot 472

23 CP Railroad Photographs c. 1883 by O.B. Buell

Estimate: $1,800 - $2,200

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Prof. O.B. Buell, important archive of 23 cabinet cards documenting construction of the Canadian Pacific Railroad 1881-1885 and depicting the landscape and Native American people encountered along his journey. Many of the photographs are captioned en verso with subjects including The Three Sisters Mountains in Canmore, an Indian Mission at Calgary, a government Industrial School at Ft. Qu'Appelle, Hot Springs at Banff; Castle Mountain, Mount Stephen, Tunnel Mountain, and Mount Goodsit. There are several images of scenes in the Selkirk Mountain Range and the Rockies including Kananaskis Falls, Kicking Horse Valley, and the Bath Cascades. 14 of the images are mounted on burgundy covered cardstock with gilt lettering "Compliments of Prof. Buell", the remaining images do not have Buell's name on the mounts but do have the locations printed within the images.

Professor Oliver or Otto B. Buell was born in Henry County, Illinois in 1844. In addition to being known for his photographic documentation of the CPRR, he was also known for his photographs of the Riel Rebellion and trial. He appears to have used both first names or at some point changed his first name from Otto to Oliver. 

PROVENANCE: Private Southern Collection. 


Overall very good condition, with some fading and light toning/wear, some with edge or corner chips, all slightly curved in at center. 

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