2 responses to “Oldest photos in Open Collections”

  1. David Brownstein

    Gently, if I may…

    Those cruiser photos are most certainly not from the 1850s (the Gold Rush era). Unless you have very robust metadata to the contrary, I’m going to suggest that they are from the twentieth century. “Timber Cruising” was not a thing until closer to 1900, and the advent of new forms of speculative tenure. I would date these two images as possibly between 1905 and 1920. There was a burst of demand for Haida Gwaii Sitka Spruce during the First World War.

    best wishes, David B.

    1. mmlam

      Hello David,
      Thank you for your comment and suggestion for a more accurate date for those two images. We can confirm that we’ve revised the dates for the images in the collection and are working on revising the blog post to reflect the date range you suggested: [between 1905 and 1920].
      Much appreciation,
      The Digitization Centre team

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