Bertram C. Towne - Fine Art Prints of Historical Photos
Bertram C. Towne was the son of William H. Towne, and took over his father's studio, The San Francisco Gallery, after the elder Towne died in 1884 at age 49. For three years, Towne partnered with Elbridge W. Moore, but from 1888 to 1895 he operated on his own as simply "B. C. Towne Photograph Company".
Towne advertised "Oil and Crayon Portraits", "The Latest in Flash Light Photography", and promised "Will Call at Your Home and Take the Baby's Picture".
Carl Mautz states that B. C. Towne's studio "became one of the premier galleries in Portland, employing many of the best photographers in the area." The company published boudoir format scenes of Alaska, the Columbia River, Mt. Hood, and other northwest locations.
This type of fish trap was called a "pound net". Used in various parts of the country, the device included a long leader, stretched perpendicular to the shore, which guided salmon into the pound.