Camera Workers, 1858-1950

The British Columbia, Alaska and Yukon Photographic Directory, 1858-1950

Cantwell, George Gordon

Male 1870 - 1948  (77 years)


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  • Name Cantwell, George Gordon 
    • VARIANT NAMES: Cantwell, George C. (Waugaman, 2002: 31).
    Born 5 Nov 1870  NY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Birth date and place from California Death Records, RootsWeb.Ancestry.com
    • May have been born in 1871.
    Gender Male 
    Where Active (Non-Specific Address) 1897  Seattle, WA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Business Address/Year 1898  Dawson, YT Find all individuals with events at this location 
    He left the Yukon Territory in 1920. 
    Where Active (Non-Specific Address) 1899-1901  AK Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    In partnership as Atwood and Cantwell. 
    Where Active (Non-Specific Address) 1899-1901  YT Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    In partnership as Atwood and Cantwell. 
    Business Address/Year 1903-1904  Everett, WA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    In partnership as Bart and Cantwell. 
    Where Active (Non-Specific Address) 1900s  Valdez, AK Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 3 Mar 1948  Los Angeles, CA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Death date and place from California Death Records, RootsWeb.Ancestry.com
    Association Atwood and Cantwell (Relationship: Partner) 
    Person ID I291  Camera Workers | C, vol. 1, 1858-1900
    Last Modified 12 Feb 2017 

  • Notes 
    • STATUS: Commercial.
    • BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: Cantwell is credited with photographing the arrival of the Portland in Seattle on 17 Jul 1897. The photograph in Cohen (1977:12) credited to Cantwell of the Excelsior docking at San Francisco the day before not only defies physics, it was taken by Samuel C. Partridge and shows the vessel departing. Cantwell worked at both photography and taxidermy. He published The Klondike, A Souvenir (ca. 1901) where his portrait appears on p. 11, along with photos by E.A. Hegg. According to a 1930 list of California sourdoughs, he arrived via the Chilkoot Pass in 1898 and left the Klondike in 1920. The Atwood book states he worked as a photographer and miner.

      According to Seattle photohistorian Michael Cirelli, he also worked as a photographer in 1903-1904 in Everett, WA, with Colfax Bart (Bart and Cantwell) and also climbed and photographed Mt. Baker. He operated in partnership as Atwood and Cantwell with F.N. Atwood. After settling in Los Angeles in 1922, Cantwell worked for the Los Angeles County Museum from 1929 to 1939 when he retired. He was survived by his widow, Mrs. Margaret Cantwell, who died on 24 Nov 1951.
    • IDENTIFYING MARKS: Print surface signed "Cantwell".
    • REFERENCES: Census of Canada, 1901, Schedule 1, Unorganized Territories, S.S. Columbian in Yukon Territory between Dawson and Whitehorse, 23 Sep 1901 (as "Cantwell, Geo. G.", occupation, photographer); Clary Craig Klondike PO List (leaves 1901 09 20 for Puyallup, WA); Cantwell (1901?); Seattle Post-Intelligencer, 1903 09 20/40 (Mt. Baker ascent); Atwood (1930); Los Angeles Times, 1948 03 06/I-11 (obit.); California Death Record Index Microfiche; Cohen (1977):12 (arrival of Portland); Letter, Cirelli to Palmquist, 1989 03 12; Waugaman (2002):28, 31.

  • Sources 
    1. [S516] Waugaman (2002), Candy Waugaman, (Alaska History 17, nos. 1 and 2 (Spring/Fall 2002):24-53), 28.