DescriptionC.S.R. HAMILTON PHOTOGRAPHS - MA BELL CONQUERING THE WEST ca 1890-1895. Two outstanding Imperial cabinets (8.75" x 6.5") of the installation of long distance telephone lines across Montana by Bozeman photographer C.S.R. Hamilton. The first image shows the workers' tent camp, with a large banner sign that reads: "Rocky Mountain Bell Telephone Co. From Livingston to Missoula. Long Distance Telephone Connecting All Intermediate Points: Livingston, Bozeman, Townsend, Helena, Butte, Anaconda, Philipsburg and Deer Lodge." The second photo is a closer view of the telephone linesmen, posed with their wives and camp dogs on a small hillside. In the background, one man stands nonchalantly halfway up a telephone pole. Affixed to Hamilton's 12" x 10" mounts which show moderate age toning, foxing, chips/creases, and a few water stains. None of these defects affect the images, which are in fine condition.
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