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Saturday, February 1, 2014

Do You Have Prince Albert in a Canyon?

No. We don’t. Because the name "Albert" comes not from Prince Albert, as was common in the period, but for Albert Rogers, nephew of Major Rogers, the discoverer of the pass.

The words on the front of this post card say, "The Observation Platform at Albert Canyon".

Albert Canyon was a railway-based village in the Rogers Pass area of British Columbia, Canada,
based around a hot spring known as Canyon Hot Springs and also a "pusher" station for pass-climbing engines of the Canadian Pacific Railway.

This post card is the result of Gowan, Sutton Company of Vancouver, British Columbia. The company began in 1921 and lasted until 1960. They were a publisher of real photo and printed postcards of the Canadian West. Not only did they produce cards depicting large cities, they captured many hard to reach views within the Canadian Territories.
Many of their cards were hand tinted in a simple manner striving for style rather than realism, which created cards in vastly differing quality. While the real photo cards were made in Canada their printed cards were made in England.

This, as you can see was a made in Canada real photo card. The stamp on the top back of the card is a giveaway to this fact, too.

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