Helen F. Rogers Collection Description

HELEN F. ROGERS. Tourist Photograph Album; 1947. .35 cu. ft.

Helen F. Rogers was a young woman from Newport, Rhode Island, who toured the Pacific Coast of the United States, Western Canada and Alaska by rail, bus and steamship in the summer of 1947. She was accompanied on much of her trip by her friend, Bernice Whalen. Her trip included stops in Portland, Seattle, Victoria, Vancouver, Lake Louise, Banff National Park, Dawson Creek, Whitehorse, Burwash Landing, Mount McKinley National Park, Fairbanks, and Anchorage. Portions of her tour consisted of the following: a cruise from Seattle to Victoria aboard the S.S. Princess Kathleen; a ride on the Canadian Pacific Railway from Vancouver to Dawson Creek; a bus trip on the Alaska, Richardson and Glenn highways from Dawson Creek to Anchorage; and a ride on the Alaska Railroad from Anchorage to Fairbanks.

The collection consists of the Canada and Alaska tourist photograph album of Helen F. Roger from 1947. The 63 page album contains: 109 original black and white prints; 90 black and white commercial tourist prints; 46 black and white and color-tinted photo post cards; two fold-out packets of post card views; two letters written by Helen to her family while traveling in the Canadian Rockies (Page 46); a booklet entitled, “General Information Concerning The Alaska Highway – Canadian Section (Northwest Highway System)”; a felt Victoria, B.C. pennant; and various newspaper and other clippings. Subjects of the original photographs include: the Government Locks in Seattle; the S.S. Princess Kathleen; Victoria, B.C.; Vancouver, B.C.; the Canadian Pacific Railway; Banff National Park; Dawson Creek, B.C.; the Alaska Highway; Whitehorse, Yukon Territory; the Richardson and Glenn highways; the Alaska Railroad; Mount McKinley National Park; and Ester Gold Mine near Fairbanks (dredge). The commercial tourist prints include scenes of the Columbia River Highway in Oregon; the Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother in Portland, Oregon; the Mission San Juan Capistrano in California; Stanford University; Washington; Seattle; Victoria; the Canadian Rockies; and Anchorage and scenes along the Alaska Railroad. The post cards include scenes of Washington, Oregon, California, Victoria, Vancouver, the Canadian Rockies, the Alaska Highway, Whitehorse, the Alaska Railroad, Mount McKinley National Park, Fairbanks, and Ester. The fold-out post card views include those of California Missions and the Canadian Rockies.

The collection was presented to the archives by Cindy Pendleton in 2006.


JAS (11/2006)

Photograph list:

Page 2 (4 prints, 4.25 X 6.5 inch):

2a. “Gov’t. Locks, Seattle, Washington” Boat in locks.

2b. “The Locks.”

2c. “Largest totem pole in Washington.”

2d. “Relic of Vanquished Forest, Washingrton.” Western Red Center stump with walkthrough arch.

Page 3 (4 prints):

3a. “‘Chuck,’ our Grayline Driver at Deception Pass, Washington.” (4.25 X 6.5 inch).

3b. “Floating Bridge over Lake Washington.” (4.25 X 6.5 inch).

“Oregon: Shrine of Our Sorrowful Mother”:

3c. “The Grounds” (3.25 X 4.5 inch).

3d. “The Seventh Sorrow.” (3.25 X 4.5 inch).

Page 4 (6 prints):

“En route to Victoria, B.C., July 26, 1947.”:

4a. “Bernice and I aboard the Princess Kathleen” (4.25 X 6.5 inch).

4b. Bernice and Helen aboard ship (underexposed, 3.25 X 4.5 inch).

4c. “Princess Kathleen” Side of ship at dock (3.25 X 4.5 inch).

4d. Shipboard scene of S.S. Princess in Victoria Harbor (3.25 X 4.5 inch).

4e. “Leaving the Princess” View of parliament building in Victoria (3.25 X 4.5 inch).

4f. “The ship’s lounge” Interior view, out of focus (3.25 x 4.5 inch).

Page 5 (6 prints):

“Victoria, B.C., July 26, 1947”:

5a. “Parliament Building, Mr. Richardson, Eleanor” (3.25 x 4.5 inch).

5b. “In front of The Empress” Two women on Empress Hotel lawn (3.25 x 4.5 inch).

5c. “The Empress – We Three” Women on Empress Hotel lawn (4.25 X 6.5 inch).

5d. “Eleanor and Margaret” Women on Empress Hotel lawn (3.25 X 4.5 inch).

5e. “Tally Ho” People on horse carriage (3.25 x 4.5 inch).

5f. Two women on Empress Hotel lawn (3.25 x 4.5 inch).

Page 6 (4 prints, 3.25 X 4.5 inch):

“Victoria, B.C., July 26, 1947.”:

6a. “The flowered lamp post.”

6b. “On the march!” Women walking down street.

6c. “Our sightseeing bus” (Overexposed).

6d. “Mrs. Caldwell, Mr. and Mrs. Krueger, Bernice” Bernice taking picture of man and two women.

6e & f. “Saanich Peninsula” Forest views.

Page 7 (6 prints, 3.25 X 4.5 inch):

7a. “Astrophysical Observatory, Victoria, B.C.” Detail of crest on building.

7b. “Sycamous Lake, B.C. While the train stops” Two women at railing.

7c. “Vancouver, B.C., July 27, 1947. Waiting for the train!”

7d. “Looking for something?” Woman at railing.

7e. “Vancouver Hotel in background” Monument in foreground.

7f. “The Duck Family” Ducks in lake.

Page 8 (4 prints):

8a. “Sycamous again” Lake scene (overexposed, 3.25 X 4.5 inch).

8b. “Streamlined obervation car of the Canadian Pacific” View of passenger car from station (3.25 X 4.5 inch).

8c & d. “The beautiful Canadian Rockies” Mountain views from train (4.25 X 6.5 inch).

Page 9 (3 prints, 4.25 X 6.5 inch):

9a. “Victoria Glacier, Bernice at Lake Louise, July 28.”

9b & c. “More mountains as se saw them from the C. P. Observation car.”

Page 10 (3 prints, 4.25 X 6.5 inch):

“Banff – July 29, 1947”:

10a & b. “Waiting for the train at Banff Station.”

10c. “Our Director Mr. Wherry at Banff National Park” Man taking picture of black bear on road.

Page 11 (3 prints, 4.25 X 6.5 inch):

“Banff National Park, July 29, 1947.”:

11a. “The Pan-Pacificers pose at Banf Park” Group photo of tour group.

11b. “Bernice at Johnson’s Canyon, Banff Park.”

11c. “Mrs. Caldwell and the Kruegers” Two women and man near railing.

Page 12 (4 prints):

“No. Alberta – July 30-31, 1947.”:

12a-c. “No. Alberta scenes from the train (3.25 X 4.5 inch):

12d. “Bernice at Spirit River Station” Train station (4.25 X 6.5 inch).

Page 13 (3 prints):

“Dawson Creek, B.C., August 1”:

13a. “Zero Milepost – beginning of Alaska Highway” (4.25 X 6.5 inch).

13b. “The Corner Gang” Street scene of Hotel & Cafe (3.25 X 4.5 inch).

13c. “Our private car at grain elevators” Passenger cars (4.25 X 6.5 inch).

Page 14 (4 prints):

“Along the Alaska Highway”:

14a. “Eleanor, Margaret, Mrs. Caldwell, I forget his name, Barney, Alice Witt, as we stopped to view the Peace River Valley” Group photo of tour group in front of bus (3.25 X 4.5 inch).

14b & c. “Wheat fields near Fort St. John, B.C.” (3.25 X 4.5 inch).

14d. “Our first stop at Blueberry Repeater” Security gate at RCMP Police Control Station (4.25 X 6.5 inch).

Page 15 (3 prints, 4.25 X 6.5 inch):

15a. “‘California’ Bernice trying to get the feeling of winter at Lum and Abners.” Bernice in fur-trimmed parka.

15b. “Beaver Indians” Native men and children standing at side of road.

15c. “Indian with his pack dog” Native man with rifle and pack dog at side of road.

Page 16 (5 prints):

16a. “Ice blocker on the Liard River” (3.25 X 4.5 inch).

16b. “Milepost 430” (3.25 X 4.5 inch).

16c. “Yes, the G.I’s were here but they left out Newport” Watson Lake mileage signs (4.25 X 6.5 inch).

16d. Liard River (3.25 X 4.5 inch).

16e. “Liard River Rapids” (3.25 x 4.5 inch).

Page 17 (4 prints):

17a. “Meeting fellow travelers” Tour buss and back of pickup truck (4.25 X 6.5 inch).

17b. “Harry poses for us” Man with head out tour bus window (4.25 X 6.5 inch).

17c. “Margaret waiting her turn” Woman standing next to outhouse.

17d. “Looking back on a cave-in” (3.25 X 4.5 inch).

Page 18 (3 prints, 4.25 X 6.5 inch):

18a-c. “The familiar red flag warned of another cave-in.” Roadside scenery maintenance  building and supplies.

Page 19 (3 prints, 4.25 X 6.5 inch):

19a & b. “Looking down we saw trees and more trees.” Roadside views.

19c. “Breath taking beauty as we neared Whitehorse.” Road and mountain scene.

Page 20 (4 prints):

“Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, August 4, 1947.”:

20a. “The old Yukoner of Gold Rush days” Old riverboat (4.25 X 6.5 inch).

20b. “The old Yukoner again” Two women next to old riverboat (4.25 X 6.5 inch).

20c. “Bernice leaves Whitehorse by plane…” Bernice in front of airplane at airfield (4.25 X 6.5 inch).

20d. “…as we four leave Whitehorse by bus.” Four women on street (2.5 X 3.5 inch).

Page 21 (3 prints, 4.25 X 6.5 inch):

“Burwash Landing, Yukon Territory, August 5, 1947.”:

21a. “The Lodge and Kluane Lake.”

21b. “Bernice surveys the Indian Cemetery at Burwash Landing.”

21c. “The cemetery again. Houses have curtains, food, clothing.”

Page 22 (3 prints, 4.25 X 6.5 inch):

22a. “From the bus widow” Scenery.

22b. “Again from the bus window – lakes in the mountains.”

22c. “Colorful fireweeds along the roadside.”

Page 23 (4 prints, 3.25 X 4.5 inch):

23a. “Mrs. Krueger stears us on the dogsled” Three women posing with dogsled.

23b. “Leaving Kuskanaw and luscious meat – especially walnut squares” Woman at doorway of store.

23c. “Bernice works this time” Two women pose with dogsled.

23d. “Super scenery but poor photography” (overexposure).

Page 24 (3 prints, 4.25 X 6.5 inch):

24a. “Beautiful Kluane Lake” Waves crashing on shore.

24b. “Scenic Richardson Highway near Fairbanks” Road and lake view.

24c. “Snow covered St. Elias Mts.”

Page 25 (4 prints):

25a. “A Catholic Mission in Alaska” (3.25 X 4.5 inch).

25b. “An Eskimo Home” Log cabin with moose antlers above door (3.25 X 4.5 inch).

25c. “The village – and more Eskimo Homes” Log cabins at native village (4.25 X 6.5 inch).

25d “The mountains by night” (4.25 X 6.5 inch).

Page 26 (3 prints, 4.25 X 6.5 inch):

26a. “The Alaska Range” Mountain scene.

26b. “Mt. Logan, 19,850 feet.”

26c. “More mountains – The Tower of Babel” Glenn Highway scene.

Page 27 (4 prints):

27a & b. “Matanuska Glacier near Palmer, Alaska” Matanuska River scenes (4.25 X 6.5 inch).

27c & d. “More Alaskan Beauties” Scenery (3.25 X 4.5 inch).

Page 28 (3 prints, 4.25 X 6.5 inch):

28a. “Anchorage, Alaska, August 1947. Collecting what belongs to us” Tour group with luggage in front of train at station.

28b. “From the train” View of flats from train.

28c. “A lonely G. I. at Honolulu, Alaska” Soldier standing near railroad bed.

Page 29 (3 prints, 4.25 X 6.5 inch):

29a. “Mt. McKinley Park Hotel” Exterior view.

29b. “On the Hotel Porch” Two women at railing.

29c. “Alaskan wildflowers at Mt. McKinley Park” Scenery.

Page 30 (3 prints):

30a. “Engineer Bernice on the Alaska Railroad” Woman in railroad hat and glove in engine house (4.25 X 6.5 inch).

30b. “An Alaskan Husky at Santa Clause Lodge” (3.25 X 4.5 inch).

30c “The line at Scottie Creek, Alaska” Three women waiting to use ladies outhouse.

Page 31 (2 prints, 4.25 X 6.5 inch):

31a. “Second Largest Dredge in the world.” Gold dredge at Ester.

31b. “Ester Gold Mine – Fairbanks, Alaska. Placer Mining” Distant view of gold dredge.

Page 32 (3 prints, 3.5 X 5.75 inch):

“Glendale, California, August 28, 1947”:

32a. “Mary and I.”

32b. “Yes, they’re lemons” Helen Rogers and lemon tree.

32c. “On the patio” Helen Rogers and Mary sitting in chairs.

Page 33 (10 commercial tourist prints, 2.5 X 3.5 inch):

“Columbia River Highway, Oregon” Scenic views.

Page 34 (4 photo post cards, 3.5 X 5.5 inch):

“More of Oregon”:

34a. “Hotel Multnomah, Portland Oregon.” “My home for 3 days.

34b. “Fishladder at Bonneville.”

34c. “Powerhouse at Bonneville Dam.”

34d. “Lumber Mills, Coquille, Oregon.” “An overnight stop in this wee town.”

Page 35 (10 commercial tourist prints, 2.5 X 3.5 inch):

“Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother, Portland, Oregon.” Catholic sanctuary.

Page 36 (5 color-tinted photo-post cards, 3.5 X 5.5 inch):

“Sunny California”:

36a. “As I rode through orange groves…” Santa Fe Railroad.

36b. “…and the desert.” “Cholla and Spanish Bayonet on the Desert.”

“San Francisco”:

36c. “Cliff House Restaurant and the famous seal rocks.”

36d. “Golden Gate Bridge.”

36e. “Fishermans’ Wharf.”

Page 37:

“Mission San Juan Capistrano, August 27, 1947” (8 commercial tourist prints, 1.75 X 2.75 inch).

“Mission Delores, San Francisco – July 4, 1947”:

“Interior, Mission Delores 1776” (photo post card, 3.5 X 5.5 inch).

Pages 38 & 39 (15 commercial tourist prints, 2.75 X 4.5 inch):

“Stanford University, Palo Alto, California.”

Page 40 (10 commercial tourist prints, 2.5 X 3.5 inch):

“Scenic Washington.”

Page 41 (3 photo post cards, 3.5 X 5.5 inch):

41a. “Cascade Range – Oregon –Wash.” (color-tinted).

41b. “Deception Pass, Washington.” Aerial view.

41c. “Rosaria Beach-Deception Pass State Park.”

Page 42 (10 commercial tourist prints, 2.5 X 3.5 inch):

“I loved Seattle!” Seattle views.

Page 43 (5 color-tinted photo post cards, 3.5 X 5.5 inch):

“Colorful and Quaint Victoria, B.C.”

43a. “Flower Baskets, C.P.R. Building…”

43b. “Beacon Hill Park…”

43c. Thunderbird Park, Victoria.”

43d. “C.P.R. Steamers and Empress Hotel…” “Princess Kathleen and Elizabeth.”

Page 44 (8 commercial tourist prints, 2.75 X 4.5 inch):

“Quaint Victoria” Victoria area views.

Page 45:

Victoria area views (2 commercial tourist prints, 2.75 X 4.5 inch).

“Indian Totel Moles, Stanley Park, Vancouver, B.C. Canada” (color-tinted photo post card, 3.5 X 5.5 inch).

“The Great Divide, Canadian Rockies (color-tinted photo post card, 3.5 X 5.5 inch).

Page 46 (2 photo post cards, 3.5 X 5.5 inch):

“Two heavenly spots”:

46a. “Banff Springs Hotel.”

46b. “Chateau Lake Louise.”

Page 47 (4 photo post cards, 3.5 X 5.5 inch):

“Banff National Park””

47a. “Falls, Banff National Park” (color-tinted).

47b. “Mount Eisenhower, Canadian Rockies. Castle Mountain re-named by Canada in honour of the American General” (color-tinted).

47c. “Johnson Canyon.” Waterfall.

47d. “Tower of Babel.” Rock formation.

Page 48 & 49 (10 commercial tourist prints, 2.75 X 4.25 inch).

“Breathtaking Canadian Rockies” Views of Moraine Lake, Lake Louise, Peyto Lake, and Bow Valley.

 Page 50 (5 photo post cards, 3.5 X 5.5 inch):

“The Alaska Highway”:

50a. “Mile ‘0’ Alaska Highway Dawson Creek, B.C. Canada.” “Dawson Creek with the wooden sidewalks, gravel streets and the Zero Milepost” New Palace Hotel view.

50b. “Along the Alaska Highway Through Canada’s Wilderness, Built by a Welcome Army of U. S. Soldier. Pontoon Bridge Allowed Traffic While Semi-permanent One is Completed”; Permission Wartime Information Board.

50c. “Heavy Duty Grader on Section of the Alaska Highway Skirting a Mountain Lake”; Permission of Public Roads Administration.

50d. “Boundary Between Alaska and Yukon – Flags of Freedom and Friendship.” White Pass.

50e. “Main Street, Fort St. John, B.C., Canada.” “More gravel streets but no wooden sidewalks.

Page 51 (3 photo post cards, 3.5 X 5.5 inch):

51a. “The Alaska Highway. Built Through Canada’s Wilderness by a Welcome Invasion Army of U. S. Soldiers” Construction scene; Photo by Carl Brooks.

51b. “Sikanni Chief River Bridge, Alaska Highway” “The first permanent bridge on the highway” (color-tinted).

51c. “View along the Alaska Highway Through Canada’s Wilderness, Built by a Welcome Army of U. S. Soldiers” Aerial view of bridge; Permission Wartime Information Board.

Page 52 (2 photo post cards, 3.5 X 5.5 inch):

“The Yukon”:

52a. “Whitehorse In, Whitehorse, Y.T.”

52b. “The Yukon River.”

Page 53 (2 photo post cards, 3.5 X 5.5 inch):

53a. “Hotel Lobby, Curry, Alaska Hotel; Photograph approved by Theatre Censor, A.D.C.

53b. “Matanuska Valley” Farm and mountain scene.

Page 54 (9 commercial tourist prints, 2.5 X 3.5 inch):

“Anchorage, Alaska” Anchorage, Alaska Railroad scenes, etc.

Page 55 (3 photo post cards, 3.5 X 5.5 inch):

55a. “Mt. McKinley, Highest Mountain in the World from Its Base.”

55b. “En Route to McKinley Nat’l Park.”

55c. “Mt. McKinley National Park” Winter scene.

Page 56 (3 photo post cards, 3.5 X 5.5 inch).:

“Fairbanks, Alaska”:

56a. “Federal Bldg., Fairbanks – Alaska.”

56b. “University of Alaska” Campus scene.

56c. Gold Dredge, Scenic Alaska.”

Page 57 (3 photo post cards, 3.5 X 5.5 inch):

“Ester Gold Mine, Fairbanks, Alaska.”:

57a. “Alaskan Gold Dredge” “Second largest dredge in the world.”

57b. “Placer Mining for Gold in Alaska” Hydraulic mining scene.

57c. “Gold Mining in Alaska” Hydraulic mining scene.

Page 58:

58a. “Corridors and Patio Agua Caliente, Tijuana B. C. Mex.” (photo post card, 3.5 X 5.5 inch).

58b. “In November Bernice Whalen became Mrs. Graydon Branch”  Helen Rogers and Bernice in wedding attire.

Page 59 (2 accordion packets of color-tinted post card views):

“Interesting Bits from Here and There”:

“California Mission”; Western Publishing & Novelty Co., Los Angeles, Calif. (18 views).

“Canadian Rockies: Banff and Lake Louise”; The Coast Publishing Co., Vancouver, B.C., Canada (20 views).

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