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2 cabinet card photographs of Henry S. Small   

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Two cabinet card photographs - portrait of Transcontinental Express engineer Henry S. Small [and] a medal presented to him


San Francisco

Bradley & Rulofson



2 cabinet card photographs. Each 16x10 cm (6½x4"). One being a portrait of railroad engineer Henry S. Small, the other with 2 views of a medal presented to him. The verso of the portrait card is blank, the other bears the imprint of San Francisco's Bradley & Rulofson.

As a publicity stunt, the express train called the Transcontinental Express  (also known as The Jarrett-Palmer Express) arrived in San Francisco, California, via the First Transcontinental Railroad on 4 June 1876, only 83 hours and 39 minutes after having left New York City. The feat was reported widely in U.S. newspapers. Henry S. Small was the main engineer for the final 875 mile leg from Ogden, Utah to Oakland, CA.


William Herman Rulofson was a Canadian-American photographer, who along with his partner, H. W. Bradley, was considered one of the leading photographers in the city of San Francisco, California

Lot Amendments

Both cards with light wear and toning; portrait card with spotting and small abraded area at bottom of image; medal card with abraded area on left image; very good.

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