Heckman's Canadian Pacific: A Photographic Journey
by Ralph Beaumont
Exclusive Distribution by Credit Valley Railway Company
'Winner - 2015 Annual Book Award'
Canadian Railroad Historical Association
Joseph William Heckman was a pioneer photographer for the Canadian Pacific Railway.
During the period from1898 through 1915, he travelled the breadth of Canada, photographing
the railway in Nova Scotia in the east and Vancouver Island in the west,
as well as every province in between.
With his large format glass plate camera, Heckman travelled by train and hand car
across the nation. In so doing, he captured 4,900 views of the entirety of the CPR at
a formative period in its development. Working for the Engineering Department, he
photographed not only the stations and bridges of the railway, but its steamships, hotels
and most importantly---the people who made the railway run.
More than 4,000 of these truly historic photographs have been preserved in large format
albums in the CPR's archives. Canadian Pacific has made 388 of these photos available for
the production of this large format, hard cover book.
Heckman’s meticulous field book records documented the exact date and location of each photo.
Thus, in Heckman’s Canadian Pacific we are given a truly unique and accurate glimpse into Canada
at the turn of the 20th Century, an exquisite photographic journey through the lens of one of
this country's most prolific railway photographers.
Designed by Rod Clarke
Large 9x12 format; Hardbound
328 pages - 388 B&W Photos
Maps, Bibliography & Index
Foreword: John Geiger, CEO The Royal Canadian Geographical Society
Introduction to the Heckman Collection: Nick Richbell CPR Corporate Archivist
"Ralph's choice of photographs are what makes this book stand out as an historical record as well as a photographic masterpiece."
Linda Schwey, Chair Exporail Awards Committee
"The images have been beautifully reproduced...I was delighted to add this fine book to my library and recommend it highly."
Robert Turner, British Columbia History
"..an impressive work that should appeal to anyone interested in early railroad photography."
Scott Lothes, Railroad Heritage
"it will be a wonderful book to read & enjoy over a period of time. To have and to hold ! Thanks to all concerned !"
Dwyer W. - Conn USA
"best publication I've seen on the Canadian Pacific in years!"
Frank S. - Ontario
"The focus on the book pre-dates the much-covered era of CPR photographer Nicholas Morant.
The work fills a gap in the published
photographic record and makes a significant contribution to the body of literature."
Christopher Greenlaw - Author
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