Samuel John Dixon Crossing Niagara Falls Below the Great Cantilever Bridge
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Samuel John Dixon Crossing Niagara Falls Below the Great Cantilever Bridge 1895
Samuel John Dixon (1852-1891) was a studio photographer in Toronto in the 1880s. In 1890, on his way to a meeting of the Photographers' Association of America in Washington, his train passed over the bridge beside the wire put there by the acrobat, Blondin, who first crossed Niagara Falls on a tightrope in 1859. Dixon 'suddenly concluded that he could also walk it, and so stated to several at the convention, but no one believed he meant what he said'. He did so successfully twice, in 1890 and 1891, but tragically drowned in Wood Lake, Muskoka, later that year.

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  • Acc. No. PGP R 860
  • Medium Stereoscopic albumen prints
  • Size 8.10 x 7.70 cm
  • Credit Gift of Mrs. Riddell in memory of Peter Fletcher Riddell 1985