Sunday, August 27, 2006

Lightfoot Collection

From: "Don Snoddy"

Can I see the whole image [for Lightfoot Collection No. 4]? And what Carbutt number is this? Great shot but I don't remember seeing it as part of the Carbutt collection at UP.



Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...

The image, Lightfoot No. 4, as presented online is uncropped from the postcard, except for eliminating white borders. Don't have a copy of the stereoview to examine to determine if the postcard was cropped from the stereoview.

The Lightfoot collection caption does not mention where the source stereoview for this image was located:
"No. 4 - In October 1866, T. C. Durant, Vice-President of the Union Pacific, organized an excursion to the 100th Meridian on the railroad to attract eastern capital. John Carbutt of Chicago went along to photograph the event. The Steamers "Denver" and "Colorado" carried the excursion on the Missouri River."

This probably corresponds to:
Photographed by J. Carbutt, Chicago
Under the auspices of the Union Pacific Railroad Company
200. "Steamer Denver and Colorado UPRR"

8/27/2006 6:20 PM  
Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...

From: "Don Snoddy"

As always you are incredible. Two views in one day that I didn't know existed, which is not to say that I know every image ever done. #200 is a rear view of the Denver and Colorado, showing an omnibus to take away the passengers. The steamers are one in front of the other, not side by side. Really incredible, this new image. I had no idea there were postcard views.

I've sent the links on to Barry Combs for his comments.

Thanks again,


8/27/2006 9:44 PM  
Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...

Just to clarify, the Lightfoot Collection shown in the Exhibit was originally published by Fred Lightfoot as a set of fifty postcards, undated modern reproductions of historic views, published circa pre-1964.

In addition to the transcontinental railroad postcard set, Fred also published several Dover books of historic New York photographs, including:

Johnson, Harry & Lightfoot, Frederick S.. Maritime New York in 19th Century Photographs.

Lightfoot, Frederick S. (Ed.) Nineteenth-Century New York in Rare Photographic Views. Dover Publications, Inc., New York, 1981.

From his description, he had a fabulous collection of copy negatives of historic images. Not sure where they went after he passed away.

8/27/2006 10:06 PM  
Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...


My [new] email address [is] I have moved to Farmington, New Mexico to be curator here, but am still interested in the transcon.

—Don Snoddy

7/11/2007 9:40 PM  
Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...

From: "Mike Dufresne"

I have a question and I am hoping you can answer it. I have the set of 50 reproduction postcards of the building of the great railway. This is the same set of postcards that you have displayed on your website but some of my cards are numbered differently than yours. For example my #21 is your photo #23, my 24 is your 22, my 45 is your 47, my 46 is your 45. Now in the square marked for the stamp is printed the #69 on every postcard. In the bottom left corner every card is marked in numerical sequence from postcard #1 as 49606-C up to card #50 marked 49655-C. Is it possible your cards were printed at a different date than mine and perhaps the 69 on mine stands for the 1969 run? I am a postcard collector and last night I got these out and found your great site and I spent most of the night surfing there. For a group of volunteers you guys are doing a wonderful job and I admire your commitment. I was a volunteer for many years at the Correctionall services Canada Museum in Kingston Ontario but we now are blessed with a hard working, friendly curator. Anyhow please do keep up the great site you have as it is an endless trip thru history and I will keep checking it out. ...

Correctional Officer. Mike Dufresne,
Kingston Ontario, Canada

1/13/2010 9:55 PM  
Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...

It seems quite likely from your comparison that this Lightfoot Collection postcard set was republished with some minor variations.

1/13/2010 9:57 PM  

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