(1901-1921). A hand-made accordion style photo album, 20 pages, 10 x 7 in., attached by cloth tape (some wear to tape), several photos to a page. The album opens to 67 1/2 in., with approx. 129 photos laid down on both sides of the stiff card stock. The photos vary in size from 1 1/2 x 3 1/4 in. to 4 x 6 in. One photo of Washington in his military uniform, 7 x 5 in., is laid in loose. Almost all are candid black & white images. Two or three are photo postcards. A group of six cyanotypes, 3 1/4 x 3 1/4 in., are accordion folded and tipped in, and show the celebrations of "Garcia Day" in Nacozari, Sonora, Mexico. Almost all have neatly written ink captions. The collection includes photos from Washington's childhood in Cuba (7), and Vera Cruz (15), his military service with the 2nd NY Field Artillery during the Punitive Expedition (41), and his civilian life, travels and friends (58). All are clear, only 2 or 3 are faded. A list of the captioned photos is available upon request. A well documented story of an ex-pat's life. Item #61755
John H. "Allen" Washington was born in Nashville, Tennessee in 1896. From 1900-1904 Washington and his family lived in Havana, at Camp Columbia Barracks and Quemados. His stepfather Ohmer Clyde Blizzard had served on Gen. Leonard Wood's staff during the Spanish American War and had stayed on in Cuba to work on building railroads there. The first photo in this album is a group portrait of La Guardia Rural de Cuba, 1st Reg. "organized by U.S. Army of Occupation at Camp Columbia, near Havana 1901." From 1904-1910, the family was in Vera Cruz, Mexico where Blizzard also worked for the railroads. According to family history Blizzard had a nervous breakdown in 1914, and returned to Indiana. The rest of the family moved to Brooklyn, NY where, at age 22, Allen Washington enlisted in Company A of the 2nd New York Field Artillery in June 1916. His unit participated in Pershing's Punitive Expedition in search of Pancho Villa. It was assigned to guard the Mexican border at Hidalgo, Texas and along the Rio Grande, occupying locations and towns such as McAllen, Mission and Pharr. Most of the photos from his military service are 2 x 3 in., and show camp life, drills, fellow soldiers, a caisson and casket for one of their own, the shoeing of horses, a deserted army truck mired in the mud in Mexico, etc. Following his mustering out in January 1917, he returned to Brooklyn to support his mother and half-brother, working as a machinist at the Metropolitan Engraving Co. From there he moved to New Orleans to work as a bank clerk. The remainder of the photos in the album are from this period of his life when he was traveling and socializing with friends in New York, New Jersey, Bryn Mawr, PA, Long Beach and Venice, CA, Texas, etc. Washington accepted a job with the Banco Mercantil Americano de Cuba in 1919 and returned to Cuba. At some point he moved to Mexico and died in Tamaulipas, Mexico.