Wikipedia:Featured picture candidates/Last Spike

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Last Spike[edit]

Original - Donald Alexander Smith, driving the last spike of the Canadian Pacific Railway. The photo was taken in the morning of November 7, 1885, in Craigellachie, BC.
Reason
This is probably the most famous photo of Canadian history. It is symbolically important as well, illustrating the coming together of the Dominion of Canada.
Articles this image appears in
Last Spike, Canadian Pacific Railway, British Columbia, Craigellachie, Donald Alexander Smith
Creator
National Library and Archives of Canada
  • Support as nominator 99boy (talk) 04:38, 23 March 2008 (UTC)
  • Support despite size, the photo is still excellent and quintessential towards the articles it's in. -- atropos235 (blah blah, my past) 08:31, 23 March 2008 (UTC)
  • Strong Oppose - Important, but the size is way too small. diego_pmc (talk) 19:23, 23 March 2008 (UTC)
  • Question - which exposes my ignorance in this matter, but I have to ask. If someone took a print of an old photograph like this which hadn't been blown up and put it on a high res digital scanner, would it make any difference? It seems to me that just because it's the highest resolution available on the national archives website, doesn't mean a better quality scan couldn't be made if someone put forth the effort. Please advise. Thanks. --Uncle Bungle (talk) 22:35, 23 March 2008 (UTC)
    • Normally, yes. The exceptions would be if the print was badly damaged, or if you were using a low-quality reproduction [e.g. a highly half-toned reprint in a newspaper or cheaply-printed book. Shoemaker's Holiday (talk) 19:04, 28 March 2008 (UTC)
  • Oppose because this is nothing near the quality of the original (I don't think). So, we need a better scan... even if one currently isn't online. gren グレン 00:47, 24 March 2008 (UTC)
    • Not the same photo, and some degredation, but: [1] - I like the one currently up for FPC better, though. Shoemaker's Holiday (talk) 02:47, 29 March 2008 (UTC)
  • Oppose high historic value and good composition, but because it's so famous, a higher res version could surely be produced. --Uncle Bungle (talk) 03:38, 29 March 2008 (UTC)

Not promoted . --John254 14:31, 30 March 2008 (UTC)