TRAVEL PHOTO ALBUM: CALIFORNIA, NEW MEXICO, ARIZONA, KANSAS, ALABAMA AND TEXAS.
(n. p.): (n. d.). C. 1899 - 1902.  pp., ms annotations in pencil. 91 original b/w photographs, all about 3-1/8" x 3-1/8", slipped under the leaves into square frames, one b/w photo postcard slipped in. Oblong format: 7" x 11-1/2" Period red cloth album with "Photographs" stamped in silver to the upper board, white moire endpapers. Boards a bit soiled/frayed, photos are still quite clear, with a few faded to yellow (a few of the portraits at the end); overall VG. Item #44995
A wonderful collection of photos from a family's travels. Most of the photos are from the Bay Area, with some from New Mexico, Arizona, Kansas, Alabama, and some unidentified; some are portraits. Over 35 photographs taken in California including the cities of Oakland, Fresno, San Francisco and Alden. There are several photographs taken in Kansas including photos taken in Topeka, Osage City and Kansas City. Not all of the photographs are annotated, however there are photos of the canyons of Arizona, "Mexican Hut" and "Prairie Scene" in New Mexico, boats and ships in the San Francisco Bay, trains in California, Kansas and Texas, buildings and street scenes in California and Kansas and informal portraits including sailors, and a ship's captain (of whom the album's creator seems to have had a close relationship). Some notable subjects include: "Claremont Ave., Alden," "Sutros Residence," "Collis P. Huntington Residence," several shots of "Cliff House," several shots of the "Bay of San Francisco," "Broadway, Oakland," "Capt. Ainsworth Residence," "Station Signal tower and Ferry House," "Fresno, Cal. at the Station of S.P.R.R." and many more. These unique photos offer a one-of-a-kind glimpse into the history of those regions, especially the Bay Area pre-1906 earthquake.