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Canadian Rail 552 2013

RAIL CANADIEN. 552
4
JANVIER -FÉVF}lEF` 2013
MONTREAL April 85rd 1909`
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A fow mo« ntain hotel Picturos ……….. „ .,..,…..
1904
( under `infavourabl¢ coT`dit;ions )
Q`i®b©c City ( a few riew photos Ônlg )
………….. 1908
Empresîiea anù Prince Arthur trlp …….,…………
1906
(non a¢vertising photo8 )
(non attvcrtislng photos )
01aims and leBal photo3 onl7 ………..,………..,… 1908.
From bh¢ abovo list you will noto that oür photosr
aphs Cînno€ b® up
to dat®. We hQve a speclaL Eb,Qtgg.raph
car No 55, a,rLd I `tould
3ugB®Bt th@t Mr. Üennôtt bo sant ovcr our. 1ine
i,his gummer tô securs a
new selec¢ion of photographs for advertising purpogoB.
Wo shoulù havo aùùitional facllitles for the Phot
ograph Departmon€
to t.iike care of the salo, of iihotographs
Ïhls aepartm©nt caii be
put on a payinc tiasis if we ara given the facilitioa
for dolng tt`o work.?7:-èJ-,a-VETERANCPRPHOTOGRAPHERRETIRES;COVERED
TEIPS 0F MANY NOTABLES IN DOMINION
With his retirement on December 31, thirty years of a
colourful and much-travelled career is completed and J. C. S.
Bennett,officialphotographeroftheCanadianPacificRailway
since 1902, steps into private life. In the 18 years prior to his
railway appointment when he worked with William Notman &
SonofMontrealandinbusinessforhimselfandduring30years
of his CPR connection, Mr. Bennett has taken upwards of
40,000photographsrepresentinganexactpictureofthegrowth
anddevelopmentofcanada.
Bennett reported to W. T. Robson, Advertising Agent in the Cm
Advertising Department. On April 23, 1909, Robson wrote Cm
President Shaughnessy outlining the need to update the photograph
files of the railway. A handwritten notation confirms th
at the
photographer carwas No. 35. Canadian PacificArchives.
Bennett se rapportait à W.T. Robson, Iagent du départemen
t de
publicité du CPFi. Le 23 avril 1909, Robson écrit à S
hayg_hnessy,
président du CPR, à propos de la nécessité dune mise à j
our des
dossiers de photographies du chemin de fer. Un note manuscrite
confirme que la voiture du photographe est bien la no 3
5.
Archives du CP
Part of Bennetts duties was to record city views. This image of Place
Jacques Cartier in Montreal most likely was taken in 1927.
Thecrowdistakingadvantageofmarketday.ThemonumentcelebratingtheBritishvic
torybyAdmiralNelsonatTrafalgarin1805
towers over all the activity. The nineteen century buildings ringing t
he square are still in existence. Canadian Pacific Archives
NS18228.
Une partie de la tâche de BenneH était de prendre des photos de sp
ènes urpaines. . Pe.cliché de la.Place J,acqueç-,Par_iî_r,.
Î_
Mor;tréal semble daié de l 927. La présenc-e de lafoule indiq
ue que cest jour de marché. Le mony`mentcomm¢m.ora.nt lavic,tc!i
re.
de Iamiral Nelson à Trafalgar en 18.05, domine lactivité des lie
ux. Les édifices du dixrneuvième siècle autour de la place e
xistent
toujours. Archives du CP, NS 18228.

JANUARY -FEBRUARY 2013
9
CANADIAN RAIL. 552
Born in 1866, Bennett began his photographic
career with the renowned Montreal firm William Notman
& Son. He was running his own studio when CPR Vice
President William Van Horne asked him to make the first
set of lantern slides of views along the companys
transcontinental line in 1884. These glass slides were
used to illustrate talks given by CPR representatives to
lure both tourists and immigrants from points in Europe,
the United States and eastern Canada. After becoming
officially linked to the company on January 1, 1902, he
often traveled in the special photographers car thatserved as a mobile darkroom and offered accommodation
for Bennett and any assistants traveling with him. In the
winter of 1904, he journeyed to Latin America to
photograph scenes along the Guatemala Railway. Most
likely this job was undertaken at the request of Van
Horne,whowasthechairmanoftherailwayatthistime.
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h,.1884, Mr. Bennctt made, to the order of Sii. William Van Hcrrnet
the first. tantem slides u5ed by
the C.P.R.
Bennett retired to his home in Hudson Heights, Quebec; a point
servedbycpsMontreal-Rigaudcommutertrains.
He died in October 1941, age 75. His obituary appeared in the
Canadian Pacifics Staff Bulletin headlined: Veteran Photographe
r
Covered canada with camera 30 Years .
Discussions with Robert Kennell revealed that CPs
Photographic Department either did not keep a list of Bennetts
photographs or the records have not survived. This is not un
ique to
Bennetts work as the CP Archives have no records of any of the other
early in-house photographers. The collection has many negatives
on
which the caption information has been inscribed in a particular manner
and Mr. Kennell has long surmised that these photographs belong
to
Bennett. This style of captioning – bold, block letters written around t
he
edge of the negative with an opaque ink pen – is unique and the images
pertaintotheperiodwhenBennettwasworkingfortherailway.. C. S. Bennett Dîes
At Hudson Heights
Veteran Photographer Covered
Canada WËth Camera 30Ys
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made several busîness calls in Mont-real before returning home in theevenin8.
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came peacefully to the
Mr. Ben.nett, whose camera lens
Born in Montreal in July, 18q6,
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