A group of 32 individual black & white photos, 3 1/4 x 5 1/2 in., with captions in white ink in the margins and numbered in pen on verso, documenting the group's travels in Georgia, Alabama, North and South Carolina, Tennessee and Kentucky. Accompanied by a 4pp. typed list of the photos, bound with brads along the top edge, with a cover title: "Compliments of Wm. H. Walker. Showing Pictures on Tour of Southeastern States Made by Members of the Chicago Association of Commerce. April 12 to 26, 1914." Only 32 of the 50 photos listed have survived in this collection, including one which, though numbered, does not match the caption listings in Walker's record. All of the photos are very good, clear. William H. Walker was President of the Woodlawn Business Men's Association and a member of the Chicago Association of Commerce.
The photos show Civil War sites, historical homes, local workers, and various members of the tour group posed in candid snapshots at some of the places they were visiting. Images in this collection include: a moving picture cameraman filming a cotton planter at work; Admiral Farragut's Civil War flagship; a view of the monument to Gen. McPherson, killed in Atlanta during the Civil War; Confederate trenches on the battlefield of Atlanta; the Old Slave Market in Augusta, Georgia; a group of African Americans outside a railroad station in Macon, Georgia; Pres. Woodrow Wilson's boyhood home in Columbia, S.C.; a wagon piled high with cotton, with two African Americans and one of the Chicago party posed on it; a group of African American students at Birmingham [AL] High School, posed with their teacher; a group photo of the Chicago delegates at the depot in Macon; an African American convict in striped prison uniform, serving time for forgery, posed with a dog used to track escaped prisoners; Eddy Gore [Edward E. Gore, Vice President, Interstate Division of the Chicago Assoc.] speaking to Visitors and Delegates at Andrew Jackson's home, the "Hermitage," in Tennessee; two African American boys using a goat-drawn cart to deliver laundry in Augusta, Georgia, etc. Item #63667
According to the Association's trade publication "Chicago Commerce," [vol. 10, issue of Jan. 8, 1915, p.8], the group's members made several trade extension trips betwen 1905 and 1914: "an early, a basic activity of the association has been the trade excursion, and the entire vast territory tributary to Chicago, or in which overtures of this kind might incline sentiment toward the Great Central Market, has been visited by picked delegations of from thirty to fifty men, traveling in a special train, entertaining and being entertained and addressing the business and municipal authorities of from twenty to forty cities.
A report of this particular trip was published in the June 5, 1914 issue, pp.4- 5. The list of southern cities is given and the purpose of the excursion described as a desire to "strengthen relations with a rapidly developing section of the country," and show the North what the South had to offer in the way of "opportunities for trade extension and commercial development." Apparently the group made films of the trip which they intended to use to better highlight Southern economic possibilites. One of the photos present in this group shows the "moving picture" cameraman at work.
We find no record of this item on OCLC.