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PE001556 - Photographs: [Images of Rocky Mountain tourist camps]
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Album (19 x 29 cm.) bound between brown covers. The front cover is decorated with an argyle design. Contains [ca. 280] predominantly b/w photographs and postcards (3 hand-coloured images are included) inserted in mounting corners. Many of the images are accompanied by manuscript annotations.
The mailing label of Robert G. Lord of Calgary is affixed to the front cover verso. Two promotional decals from Fred Brewster's Rocky Mountain camps have been pasted to the first page. Also pasted down in the album is a clipping from the Edmonton journal of 5 March 1969: "King of Jasper tourism, Frederick Brewster dies." A Canadian National Railways promotional brochure - Jasper National Park: Canadian Rockies ([1946?]) - is laid in.
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The album's photographs capture Rocky Mountain scenes. Some of these are generic landscapes, but most are associated with tourist camps operated by Fred Brewster (1884-1969). Brewster, born in Banff, was a central figure in the development of the tourism industry around Jasper, establishing a number of camps and tours in the region. For more information, please see the biographical entry in the Jasper Yellowhead Museum and Archives' Fred Brewster fonds (available online at https://albertaonrecord.ca/fred-brewster-fonds [accessed on 12 December 2018]).
The album contains photographs from Brewster's Tonquin Valley Chalet, Maligne Lake Chalet, Medicine Lake Chalet, and Black Cat Guest Ranch. The images capture camp buildings and equipment as well as staff and guests. Staff members are also shown in various activities related to the operation of the facilities and tours, such as opening and closing the camps for the season.
Some annotations list only the first names of the people shown, but in some instances - for example, Bud and Myra Patterson, manager and hostess of the Maligne Lake Chalet - the surname is also provided. One of the individuals identified, George Chopey, is also listed as having taken several of the photographs.
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