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The Resource American scenery

American scenery

Label
American scenery
Title
American scenery
Contributor
Former owner
Photographer
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Album of photographs of the United States and Canada from coast to coast, from Maine to California to Saskatchewan, Canada, probably dating from approximately 1870 to 1890.
Characteristic
graphic
Summary expansion
The album, which documents a series of trips, opens with views of Bar Harbor, Maine, and natural features of nearby Mount Desert Island and surrounding areas, including Frenchman Bay, the five small islands of the Porcupines, the Cranberry Islands, Schooner Head, Spouting Horn, Devil's Oven, the Beehive, Otter Creek, Green Mountain, and Dry Mountain. There are several views of Schroon Lake, New York taken from two well-known Adirondack resort hotels, Leland House and Taylor House. From there, the travelers journey to Ausable Chasm in Keesville, New York, a sandstone gorge tourist attraction. Several stock photos by Seneca Ray Stoddard of Stoddard Photo depict the gorge, the Grand Flume and rapids of the Chasm, followed by photos of tourists boating on Lake George in the southern Adirondacks. In Florida, there are photos of a scenic trip up the Ocklawaha River, the main tributary of the St. John's River, aboard the "Osceola," a narrow steamboat of the Hubbard L. Hart Line, which operated the popular tourist route between Silver Spring and Palatka in the 1870s. Other photos document the Spanish moss, palmettos, and great cypress trees along the Ocklawaha and the St John's River, and the log cabins where families of black farm workers and fishermen live. Photos of St. Augustine include an ox cart, two young black boys, the old Catholic church, the house of Gen. Kirby Smith on Hospital St., the oldest house in the town, Treasury Street, the old city gates, and the old Spanish fort. There are early photos of undeveloped South Broad St. and Bay St. in Savannah, Georgia, and in Richmond, rice fields, and two Confederate military prisons, Libbey Prison and Castle Thunder Prison, which had been a tobacco warehouse before the Civil War. The photographs pick up again in Las Vegas, New Mexico, home to the Hot Springs Hotel resort, built in 1879, with views of the surrounding Cañon of the Gallinas. Also included are photos of Starvation Rock, Apache Cañon, and Glorietta Summit. The early views of Santa Fe show rows of low adobe buildings and gardens, men astride burros at the Governors Palace, burros carrying large loads of firewood on their backs, the old San Miguel Church, an Indian house, and a boy carrying two buckets of water attached to a wooden hoop hanging from a rope around his neck. Native peoples pictured include Indian children of Tesuque, and Papago women of Tucson. The photographer also recorded flora and fauna of the area, such as a gila monster and giant cactus. In California, photos include views of Riverside, Temecula, San Diego, San Bernardino, and Los Angeles, as well as early photos of Missions San Diego, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Rey in Oceanside. Views of early Riverside show the Chinese laundry of Quong Tung Hang, and clotheslines full of laundry drying in the sun, and thatched huts of San Gabriel Indians. The 21 photos of Yosemite are by George Fiske, and carry his stock numbers, and include views not only of all of the usual Yosemite wonders, but also unique scenes of an Indian cache for drying acorns, and an Indian hut in Yosemite Valley, a teepee made of split logs; giant sequoias are featured in several. The album contains views of Ogden, Utah, Salt Lake City--with the Mormon Temple still under construction--followed by photos of Colorado: Gunnison, Georgetown, Manitou, Monument Park, Garden of the Gods, and Pike's Peak. Back in Maine, the photographer recorded Moosehead Lake; an al fresco picnic and canoeing at Roach Pond, dated August 1884; the Lily Bay Farm House, a tourist hotel for campers and canoers; Attean Pond, Holeb Pond, Wood Pond, and Moose River. There is a single portrait in the album: Cyrus Mansell standing beside a giant felled tree, possibly the Cyrus Mansell born in 1861 in Greenville, Maine, a town on the southern end of Moosehead Lake, a site which figures prominently in the album. Towards the end, the captions on the photos disappear, although it seems that the travelers have returned home (to Maine?) and photographed their home, farm, pasture, and views out to the water. However, the album concludes with a final trip, this time via the Mojave Desert, and Ojai, California, to Oregon City and Portland, Oregon, and then north through the Selkirks and along the Illecillewaet River in British Columbia. A shot of the railroad track running through the Selkirks shows the snow shed and snow fence built along the track to keep snow from blocking travel. The final pictures include the Canadian Pacific Railroad through the Canadia Rockies, the Beaverfoot Range, the Field Hotel beside Mount Stephen, a photo from the Calgary studio Boorne & May, from 1887 or 1888; a view of Anthracite, a coal mining town near Banff that lasted from 1886 to 1904; Calgary; an Indian village of tepee's in the winter snow; and the town of Medicine Hat in the Saskatchewan Valley
Technique
not applicable
Label
American scenery
Instantiates
Publication
Note
  • Binder's title
  • Possible range of dates based on historical evidence in photographs, and dates of captions
  • Photographs are mounted on rectos and versos of 62 of 80 leaves of heavy card; captions below each photograph written in blue ink, in a single hand
  • Bound in half-binding of brown and black leather; all edges red; printed green endpapers; gilt spine ornaments; gold-stamped spine title "American Scenery."
  • Part of the Photograph Album Collection (Collection 94) in the Charles E. Young Research Library Department of Special Collections, UCLA
Dimensions
34 x 29 cm (albums)
Extent
1 album (266 photographic prints)
Note
Spec. Coll. copy: Gift of Albert Boni.
Other physical details
albumen
System control number
  • (OCoLC)320038503
  • ucoclc320038503
Label
American scenery
Publication
Note
  • Binder's title
  • Possible range of dates based on historical evidence in photographs, and dates of captions
  • Photographs are mounted on rectos and versos of 62 of 80 leaves of heavy card; captions below each photograph written in blue ink, in a single hand
  • Bound in half-binding of brown and black leather; all edges red; printed green endpapers; gilt spine ornaments; gold-stamped spine title "American Scenery."
  • Part of the Photograph Album Collection (Collection 94) in the Charles E. Young Research Library Department of Special Collections, UCLA
Dimensions
34 x 29 cm (albums)
Extent
1 album (266 photographic prints)
Note
Spec. Coll. copy: Gift of Albert Boni.
Other physical details
albumen
System control number
  • (OCoLC)320038503
  • ucoclc320038503

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