Item 2017.010.14.012 - Stereoscopic Albumen Print of"Pillars of Hercules" and the great Columbia River

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Stereoscopic Albumen Print of"Pillars of Hercules" and the great Columbia River

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Picturesque Grandeur of Columbia River, Oregon

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2017.010.14.012

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  • 1902 (Creation)
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    Underwood & Underwood
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    Oregon

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1 stereoscopic photograph : albumen print ; 8.7 x 17.7 cm (mount) ; 8 x 15.6 (images)

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Item consists of 1 albumen print. Print shows the picturesque grandeur of the great Columbia River, overshadowed by the "Pillars of Hercules," with a train travelling alongside.

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Good condition

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The collection was collected by the late Dr. Martin J. Bass and Gail Silverman Bass and donated to the Ryerson University Library and Archives by Gail Bass in 2018.

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Also has parallel title translated into different languages on back

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Back is printed on: You are looking down the river towards Portland and the Pacific Ocean fifty miles away at the west. This train is east-bound, on its way to the Dulles. The extraordinary gate through which it is streaking is one of an endless number of picturesque turns in its route up the river valley. This superb water way - the Columbia itself - is one of the most magnificent streams in the whole country, beautiful enough to keep artists in love with it, and so full of commercial possibilities as to make this great North-west which it grains the probable field of enormous business development in times to come. It gathers these waters from seven states and British Columbia. (See Oliver Wendell Holmes' Two Streams. The river was first called the Oregon. For more than a thousand miles it is safely navigable, now that a ship canal at the Cascade rapids provides safe passage past those tumultuous five miles.
Lewis and Clark went down past these picturesque pillars on the famous exploring expedition in 1805, and less than fifty yeas later a little stern wheel steamer began to come up the river from Astoria. Astor himself a hundred years ago dreamed of making the river-mouth a midway station for international trade with the Orient, using this magnificent stream as a road up into the heart of the country and reducing the then burdensome overland journey to the comparatively short transit from its headwaters to those of the Mississippi System.
The salmon fisheries above here are famous all over the world.

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