AN ALBUM OF 87 PHOTOGRAPHIC VIEWS PRIMARILY FROM THE SOUTHERN UNITED STATES, 1903.

A collection of black & white photos, varying in size from 9 1/2 x 7 1/2 in., 8 x 6 in., 4 x 6 in., 3 3/4 x 9 1/4 in. [a few smaller; a few oval; one with some hand coloring], laid down on stiff grey paper sheets, usually one to a page, occasionally two or three mounted together, in an oblong 16 x 11 in. charcoal grey cloth photo album, bound at the left margin with cord. "Photographs" stamped in gilt on front board. All the photos are very good, clear.
The images likely depict a tour through the south, many are scenic views or street scenes or public buildings. The photos include: Florida (24); Savannah (4); Charleston & South Carolina (11); Atlanta (4); Alabama (1); Chattanooga (4); Asheville & North Carolina (5); Virginia (11); Washington DC (4); Annapolis (6); Holland Boat [a submarine], Annapolis (2); plus Windham, Connecticut (11). Some are captioned in ink, giving location and date. A handful are identified with white ink lettering and a professional photographer's name: Wilson Photo., Savannah, Georgia [likely Jerome N. Wilson (1827-1897) who owned a photography studio in Savannah from about 1865 to his death, and was known to photograph Bonneventure Cemetery, one of the images included here]; W.H. Stokes [likely William H. Stokes a well-known 19th c. Chattanooga photographer]. Item #62250

The Florida views include Palm Beach, Rockledge, Daytona, the Tomoka River, St. Augustine, Jacksonville, and Green Cove Springs. The Savannah scenes show Bonneventure, and a Wilson photo entitled “Georgia Production,” a group of four African Americans, a woman with a bundle of sticks balanced on her head, and three small children carrying smaller bundles of sticks. The South Carolina scenes show Charleston’s riverfront and beaches, and Summerville SC. In Chattanooga there are views of the Civil War battlefield at Chickamauga by Stokes, and of Lookout Mountain. The Asheville, NC photos are of rural and town scenes. In Virginia there are two views of the Natural Bridge, plus some Civil War sites in and around Richmond and Fortress Monroe, and Mount Vernon. The Washington DC photos are of the White House, the Capitol, and the Library of Congress (interior and exterior). Two of the Annapolis photos show a submarine, labelled the "Holland Boat" (in the Bay?), one with a portion of the crew balanced on the mostly submerged deck, another with just the flags above water. The Holland Torpedo boat was an early experiment by the U.S. Navy in the military use of the newly developed submarine, and was used for training purposes at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis. The Windham, Connecticut scenes are of the town and domestic scenes (a girl on a bicycle, two women sitting on a stone wall, a man with a bicycle, etc.). This may be the family who created the album.

Price: $1,250.00

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