springtime in Alaska

portrait of a native Alaskan taken over a century ago

Toronto. In the late 1950s I worked in Labrador and at a Christmas concert in Schefferville, Quebec. Some of the girls sang this song which Johnny Cash recorded in 1965.

This tune came to mind when my friend Harold Staats showed one of his finds at our December meeting. This was just one of the professional portraits Harold found in an old Alaskan album.  The photograph is attributed to Albert J Johnson.

Harold mentioned a second west coast photographer, George E Cantwell. who lived in Alaska and the Yukon territory.

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