A visit by yacht to the West Coast of Florida at the turn-of-the-20th-century, as recorded in a photograph album of the period containing 34 images, all approximately 3 x 4 inches, 26 of them picturing scenes in the "Thousand Islands" region, among them Marco, Florida (8 photographs), Fort Myers (1), and the Caloosahatchee River (2), with the others picturing anglers with fish (3), passing yachts (2), palm and coconut groves (3), and activities aboard the boat (7); the other eight photographs show scenes in Key West, Florida (3), and New Orleans (4), and passengers aboard a "Havana Steamer." An uncommon look at developing West Coast areas of Florida decades before its boom.

[Bethlehem, PA?]: nd [ca. 1905]. Photograph album. Oblong 8vo (4 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches). 34 photographs affixed to rectos of stiff card leaves, all with a caption on verso, one noted "From / F.E. Hammann / Bethlehem, Pa." on verso. Hammann served as chief clerk of the general passenger department of the Lehigh Valley Railroad until his 1905 appointment as the railway's assistant general manager in the New York office; he was serving as secretary of the Photographic Society of Bethlehem in 1896. The album offers a range of subjects encountered on a cruising tour of southern Florida and the gulf coast; the photographs record Hammann's party in Florida: displaying recently caught fish (5), preparing meals and other activities aboard the yacht (4), party members visiting coconut and date groves and lounging aboard the yacht (5), shoreline landscapes, Key West Homes, African Americans working on the New Orleans levees (3), etc. Album chipped at head of spine, photo mounts foxed, some fading to photographs. Original brown half-leather and cloth, patterned endpapers, gilt spine title ("Florida"). (#4812). Item #60767

Price: $1,250.00