Place Published: NP
Date Published: 1872 & 1873
Edition: 1st Edition
Binding: Hard Cover
Dating from Sept. 16 1872 to Jan. 18 1873. Album of Sixty-Five Early Original Albumen Photographs of City Views and Scenic Sights from an Early Tourist's Travels through the United States and Canada. Photos taken in Quebec, Niagara, New York, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Colorado, Utah, California, etc, Including one of Titusville Showing the Oil Wells Developed During the First US Oil Rush].
Oblong Folio Album ca. 26x35 cm (10 x 13 ¾ in). Sixty-five original albumen photographs, including 19 larger ones each ca. 9,5x17 cm (3-3/4 x 6-3/4 in) to ca. 16,5x22,5 cm (6-1/2 x 8-3/4 in), the rest are each ca. 9x9,5 cm (3-1/2 x 3-3/4 in) and smaller, mounted recto on 28 beige card stock album leaves. All but two photos captioned in period manuscript brown ink on mounts. Additionally, with twenty-three flower and plant samples found during the travels mounted on the album leaves, all but one captioned in period manuscript brown ink. Period style brown half morocco with gilt stamped spine titled “AMERICA ALBUM” with brown cloth boards. Overall a very good album with strong early interesting photographs that visually documents the early cities of North America.
This album contains interesting early photographs of American cities and tourist sights and the surrounding natural features from an early tourist’s travels through the United States with a few stops in Canada.
The album includes several impressive large photographs including a photo of the oil wells and workers in Titusville, Pennsylvania (the first site of the US oil rush, 1859-1870s), a view of Salt Lake City with snowcovered mountains in the background, and a view of Lake George, NY which shows the SS Minnehaha. There are photos of San Francisco, 5th Street in St Louis, Denver and Chicago. Other sights of interest include the Niagara Suspension Bridge (opened for traffic in 1855), a hydraulic mining operation in Utah and the St Charles Hotel, New Orleans (the second building was completed in 1861). Additionally, there are photographs of natural features such as mountains and rocks in California (Yosemite Valley, Cathedral Rocks…) and Colorado (Sentinel Rock, Chimney Rock…)
Boston: Harbour; State House; Public Garden; Chapel Harvard; Washington Elm; Glen House: Base of Mt Washington; Tuckerman’s Ravine: Glen Notch; Falls of Montmorency; Lake George; Kays’ Conservatory Montreal; Trenton Falls; Niagara Suspension Bridge; Terrapin Tower and Horseshoe Fall; Oil Wells Titusville; Chicago; Wagner’s Drawing Room Car; Pullman’s Sleeping car; Devil’s Slide; Palisades; Snow shed Mt Aspen; Secret Town Bridge; View of Cape Horn; Kesler’s Peak, Meek’s Camp Utah; Hydraulic Mining; Salt Lake City; Clark’s Ranch; House built on a section of a tree; Yosemite Valley; Cathedral Rocks; Washington Mountain; Bridal Veil Fall; El Capitan; Half Dome; San Francisco; Denver, Colorado; Sentinel Rock; Chimney Rock; Grey’s Peak, St John’s; Quaker Rocks; St Louis 5th St; The Capitol, St Louis; Independence Hall; Interior of J.H. Philadelphia; Richmond, Washington; New Orleans St Charles Hotel; Bonaventure Cemetery.