Camera Workers, 1858-1950

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

Ryder, Charles H.[1, 2]


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  • Name Ryder, Charles H. 
    Gender Male 
    Where Active (Non-Specific Address) 1866  Alaska Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I767  Camera Workers | R, vol. 1, 1858-1900
    Last Modified 8 Jan 2017 

  • Notes 
    • STATUS: Institutional (visit).
    • BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: According to artist/explorer Frederick Whymper, who published a photograph by Ryder of a "Tchuktchi house" (Whymper, 1868, page 89), Ryder was "attached to the Telegraph Expedition" in 1866. This was the Western Union Telegraph Extension project that attempted to connect North America to Europe by telegraph wire by running a line from British Columbia and points south to Alaska, across the Behring Strait, and through Siberia and Russia. The project was terminated prematurely when the Great Eastern, used by the competing Anglo-American Telegraph Company, laid the first trans-Atlantic submarine cable in 1866.
    • IDENTIFYING MARKS: "Chas. H. Ryder, W.U. Telegraph Company's--Photographic Artist." [3]

  • Sources 
    1. [S901] COLLECTION: BANC (Reliability: 3).
      Pictorial materials from the Charles Melville Scammon collection; URL (accessed 7 Jan 2017):;titlesAZ=p;idT=UCb107061363

    2. [S496] Whymper (1868), Frederick Whymper, (London: John Murray, 1868).

    3. [S385] Palmquist and Kailbourn (2000), Peter E. Palmquist and Thomas R. Kailbourn, (Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2000), 470-471 (Reliability: 3).