Remember the age of the railway company photographer? He was paid to portray the railway as a business-like, industrious, modern and friendly corporate presence in Canada. Situations always looked way more serious in the black & white preserved-for-prosperity portrayal of everyday events. Canadian National, Canadian Pacific, Great Northern, Northern Pacific and many other railway companies maintained photo collections and used photographs extensively in advertising, company publications and newsstand periodicals. Many people photos used actual railway employees but were obviously posed for the photographer. To lighten things up, I've captioned the photos in this post with some light-hearted captions.
Okay, so I'm not the first to use this approach. You may remember TRAINS magazine's use of similar photos with humourous captions. Each double-page spread inevitably showed a photo of some smiling running trades crew looking down from the cab with a caption like "David P. Who wants a cab ride?" Here's my version:
I hope you've enjoyed this whimsical, waggish walk through the world of the company photographer! Now, even more to enjoy - check out the Company Photographer Returns!