(San Francisco, Los Angeles, Waikiki, Kawaihapai, Honolulu): (n. d.). Ca. 1933 - 1934. 34 black album leaves. 68 b/w photographs of varying scenes around California (San Francisco, Bay area & Southern California) and Hawaii (Oahu). Photos are mounted on black album pages, back to back, but each page has the original interleaf tissue still present between the facing photographs. Oblong format: 10-3/14" x 13-1/4". Photographs approx.: 7" x 11". Black flexible leatherette binding, tied with black cord and front gilt stamped with previous owner's name and "Photographs". Housed inside black box. Modest wear to album (rubbing to edges, light scuffing). Bookplate to inside back cover. Some page-toning to a few photographs, but withal sharp, VG+ images. A VG+ example. Item #41442
First 40 views are of San Francisco, including 10 street scenes, four overview, three building shots, San Francisco Bay, zoo animals, the beach south of the Cliff House, the windmill, Presidio gate, etc. No photographer is indicated on these prints but all are ink stamped on the back noting they were processed by the Bear Photo Service in either July or August, 1934. The other 28 images are all copyrighted by the photographer Rovere Scott.
Each of Scott's photos measure approximately 7" x 9-1/4" and are printed on a variety of papers (glossy & textured) with several different finishes (glossy, matte, sepia & b/w). Most have a pictorialist look. He was often able to capture light in a dark and moody way. The 1933-1934 date attribute comes from the time when "Old Ironsides"/the Frigate Constitution visited San Francisco: March 22 to April 12, 1933.
Rovere Scott's biography is somewhat confusing. San Francisco sity telephone books and directories list his photo studio/business at 504 Kearny Street, San Francisco, but has Scott living on the Oakland side of the Bay. Several libraries and museums hold his images. For some years the Robert Tat Gallery in San Francisco and John K. King, a book dealer in Detroit, have offered his photographs for sale. One of his images, titled "Looking at the Golden Gate before the Bridge", is referenced in 2012 by Gary F. Kurutz in an article in the California State Library Foundation Bulletin #103.
Although the first 40 photos are unsigned, it is conceivable that Scott was also the photographer for them. Some of the street scenes share that pictorialist quality of his marked photos. Regardless, the combined 68 photos makes for a sensational pre-WWII album, not just documenting San Francisco, California and Hawaii in the 1930s, but doing so in a very artistic manner.
The front cover of the album bears a name imprinted in gilt: Timoleon Dimitriou Kourkoulakis. There is a card tipped onto the inside front cover with his name in Greek, and tipped onto the inside back cover is a book plate with the name T. D. Kriton. It appears that the Kourkoulakis name was shortened to Kriton after arriving in the United States from Greece, where he was born around 1891. The 1940 census lists Kriton living as a lodge with the John C. Blakley family and three other borders at 2233 Union Street in San Francisco.
Please inquire about a list of the 28 titled photographs by Rovere Scott.