A Canadian railway porter looked after all the needs of passengers, everything from shining shoes to babysitting.

Railway porters wrote an important chapter in the history of labour relations in Canada. From the late 19th century on, their profession – mostly because it was ill-paid and insecure – was dominated by Blacks, who had few other employment opportunities. In 1918, the porters formed a pioneering labour union.

McDermid Studio, Edmonton, Alberta
Glenbow Archives
May 1925
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