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Destination: Juneau, Alaska, USA

Alaska via Canadian Pacific. Taku Glacier
Alaska Via Canadian Pacific. Greenwood.
Printer and place unknown. Date unknown, silkscreen.
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Ice Land

The Canadian Pacific Railway, built between 1881 and 1885, was Canada’s first transcontinental railway and was instrumental in the settlement and development of Western Canada. Now primarily a freight railway, the Canadian Pacific was for many decades the only practical means of long distance passenger transport in most regions of Canada. Steamships, such as the one pictured in this poster gliding by a towering glacier, were also operated by the railway and could be boarded in Vancouver for an Alaskan cruise.

This is the only poster in the exhibition to feature the printing technique of silkscreening. The artist utilized it to great effect to convey the icy blue-green grandeur of the glacier with its bold colors and simple, flat graphics.

 

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