Georgian Bay, Ontario: Circa 1915. Album. This 8” x 5.5” burlap-covered album contains 45 photographs (3.5” square), each glue-mounted one to a page. The album cover features a water scene and the title “Georgian Bay.” The photographs and pages are in nice shape. The album shows some wear, and the cover decoration has faded. Very good. Item #008650
All but three of the photographs show a group of five tourists vacationing at Georgian Bay. Nine of the photographs show a family of Native American guides (probably Ojibway) leading the tourists on camping, canoeing, hunting, and fishing trips. The other three photographs show four of the tourists visiting Niagara Falls. The images include: * One of the guides unpacking a signal canon, * Two guides watching as one prepares to fire the canon, * A guide in the pilot house of a small vessel, * A guide walking behind one of the tourists who had killed a pair of game birds, * A guide starting a fire to cook the game birds, * Guides posing and in other background shots, * The tourists washing clothes, swimming, portaging, canoeing, catching fish, posing with strings of fish, etc. * Tourists posing in front of Niagara Falls as another photographer on their right takes a photograph with a camera on a tripod. This is an important visual record of Native American commerce in the early 1900s shortly after Georgian Bay became a popular recreation destination for Canadian and American tourists. As noted at the Southeast Georgian Bay Chamber of Commerce website, “Hunters and fishers made annual expeditions led by local Ojibwe guides to Six Mile Lake or Georgian Bay. From 1915 to the 1950s, guide boats were a daily sight on the Severn River.” Scarce. Although Georgian Bay outdoor recreation photos can be found individually and in family photograph albums, entire albums documenting a single hunting and fishing vacation are less common. Most uncommon, though is an album that features a number of images of Native American guides. As of 2017, none are in the trade, none are listed at OCLC, and no auction records appear at ABPC or the Rare Book Hub.