December 2008

Photographer: Anonymous

Maple Mountain

This is the oldest-known photo from the summit. Who is in it? When was it taken?

It is on an old postcard, owned by Reg Sinclair, and postmarked January 9, 1907. The image was coarsely screened and not a good quality reproduction, suggesting it was a shot of a shot, possibly from a book. The postcard publisher, Canadian View Co., often reprinted previously published photos (maybe without permission?).

The stock in the left hand of the man is not a gun. It is too blunt at the base and has too many flat faces. Is it a surveyor's tool? Was this from a government publication? Maybe published by the Canadian or Ontario geological surveys?

If so, it could have been shot years prior to 1907. Which begs the question: Is this a party of surveyors that first mapped the area?

Anvil Lake is in the background.

A photo of a Keewaydin Camp group in 1911, published in The Keewaydin Way by Brian Back, had been the previously oldest-known shot.

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