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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Dominion Atlantic Railway & Land of Evangeline

Dominion Atlantic Railways were committed to bringing Bostonians and Brits to see and hopefully, invest in the future of the Annapolis Valley even before 1900.  Tourism generated revenue and was the portal to bringing new people into the area.  They hired professional photographers and publishers, the likes of J. Murray Jordan of Philadelphia to document the splendor in small pamphlets and travelogue books such as this one from the "International Souvenir Series" published in 1897.  Many of these photos, are worth 10,000 words and I have never seen any taken earlier in some of the valley.  The little book shows Kingsport, Kentville, Digby, Annapolis, Bear River, Windsor, Wolfville, Blomidon and Grand Pre relatively unsettled, through a pastoral lens that reminds us how quickly change transcends our correct memory of the past.

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