Camera Workers, 1858-1950

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

Adney, Edwin Tappan[1, 2, 3]

Male 1868 - 1950  (82 years)

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  • Name Adney, Edwin Tappan 
    Born 13 Jul 1868  Athens, OH Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Gender Male 
    Died 10 Oct 1950  Woodstock, NB Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Buried 1950?  Upper Woodstock Cemetery, Upper Woodstock, NB Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Association Burnham, John B. (Relationship: Colleague) 
    Association Brannon, Charlie (Relationship: Undefined) 
    Person ID I9  Camera Workers | A, vol. 1, 1858-1900
    Last Modified 18 Dec 2016 

  • Notes 
    • WHERE ACTIVE: White Pass Trail (Skagway, AK) and Chilkoot Pass Trail (Dyea) to Dawson and various Yukon mining sites/1897 08 to 1898-09; Nome/1900.
    • STATUS: Photojournalist.
    • BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: Tappan Adney was assigned to cover the Klondike stampede by Harper's Weekly (Harper & Brothers). His employer also copied the material to the London (England) Chronicle. Adney recounted his adventure in the classic The Klondike Stampede (1900). His camera outfit consisted of a "5 x 7 long-focus Premo camera ten dozen 5 x 7 cut films for use in plateholders (having the advantage of lightness and unbreakableness) and eight spools of sensitive film, of thirty-two exposures each, for use in a roll-holder, and expressly ordered hermetically sealed in tins in addition, a small pocket Kodak, taking 1 1/2 x 2-inch pictures, together with a complete developing outfit. Glass plates were not taken, on account of weight and their liability to break in the mail."

      After losing his unsealed roll film and cut film to water damage at Dyea while he was off struggling up the White Pass Trail, Adney was later surprised to be offered roll film by a hotel proprietor at Sheep Camp on the Chilkoot Trail and another camera plus roll film by a returning stampeder, Charlie Brannon.

      After leaving the Yukon by travelling down the Yukon River to St. Michael and returning by steamship to Seattle, Adney returned to New York to write his book, then was dispatched again in 1900 to briefly cover the Nome Gold Rush. He retired to Canada. He was living in Montreal around 1930 at 1220 Drummond St. (Atwood) and later moved to New Brunswick. In addition to being remembered today for his Yukon adventure, Adney was also an important figure in, as John McPhee put it, The Survival of the Bark Canoe (1975).
    • IDENTIFYING MARKS: none as published.

  • Sources 
    1. [S176] Adney (1900), Adney, Tappan, (New York: Harper & Brothers, 1900).

    2. [S187] Atwood (1930), Sourdough Stampede Association, Inc., (Seattle: Sourdough Stampede Association, 1930), 125.

    3. [S831] Tappan Adney, 1868-1950 (Web site), Carleton County Historical Society (Woodstock, NB), (Carleton County Historical Society (Woodstock, NB)) (Reliability: 2), 17 Dec 2016.

    4. [S832] Find a Grave (Web site) (Reliability: 2).

    5. [S832] Find a Grave (Web site) (Reliability: 2).
      Includes a photo of his tombstone