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The Resource From the North to the South : some sights I have seen in South America, August 1905-May 1906

From the North to the South : some sights I have seen in South America, August 1905-May 1906

Label
From the North to the South : some sights I have seen in South America, August 1905-May 1906
Title
From the North to the South
Title remainder
some sights I have seen in South America, August 1905-May 1906
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Contributor
Photographer
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Album of 257 gelatin silver prints of a journey from Panama to Bolivia in Aug. 1905-May 1906.
Cataloging source
CLU
Characteristic
picture
Summary expansion
The album, probably compiled by Harriet Chalmers Adams, traces a journey she and her husband Franklin Adams, an electrical engineer from Stockton, California, made from Panama to Peru, and across the Andes. Harriet and Frank traveled through South America between 1904 and 1906, in part due to Frank's employment as an inspector for the Inca Mining Company, but also due to the couple's passion for travel and adventure. They were avid photographers, and with all the photographic equipment they carried with them on their travels, they took hundreds of photographs. The album opens as the couple arrives in Panama, with views of Panama City, including the offices of the Panama Railroad Company, and smaller Canal Zone towns such as Culebra and Empire. They continue their journey from Panama, stopping in Ecuador, down the coast of Peru aboard the steamer the SS Guatemala, finally arriving at the port of Mollendo, where connections are made for the train to the interior city of Arequipa. Photos document their trip to Arequipa, and its scenic and cultural sites, religious and colonial architecture, bull fighters, and the "El Misti" volcano. Nine of the photographs are credited to the commercial photographer Max T. Vargas, and about 25 to 30 other prints in the album are probably by him as well. Vargas (no relation to the Vargas brothers photographers, Carlos and Miguel), operated a photography studio in Arequipa in the early 20th century; included here is an Arequipa streetscape, in which a large sign identifies the building as the studio of Max T. Vargas. Harriet and Frank continue their journey from Arequipa by train, Ferrocarril del Sur, to the 13,000 foot high altiplano of Peru, recording the dry and barren landscape, and scenes of Andean people in indigenous dress selling goods in the market, with their donkeys and alpacas, weaving textiles on hand looms, waiting at train stations. Included are photos of the interior of a railroad office, sections of track, railroad bridges, railroad cars, and stations. The subsequent descent to the jungle on horseback is documented by photographs of the arduous terrain, rope bridges (the 300-foot Inambari Bridge?), river travel, waterfalls and indigenous people and thatch roofed huts. Their destination is the headquarters in Tirapata of the Inca Mining Company, purchased by Wallace L. Hardison of Los Angeles in 1895, and managed by his nephew, Chester W. Brown of Santa Paula, California. Photos show a cluster of buildings of offices and residences, the company's well-provisioned general store, and the managers and their workers. Further on, past Crucero and Limbini, is Santo Domingo (some 150 miles from Tirapata ) where the gold is mined; there are photos of mine tunnels, miners pushing carts of ore, workers with shovels. There were also a blacksmith and carpenter shop, sawmill, and cyanide house with refining vats at the mine. In two photos, stacks of gold bars stamped with the Inca Mining Co. label, support several pistols, a reminder of the dangers the company messengers and guards face as they transport the gold back to Tirapata. Trains of mules haul supplies back and forth between Tirapata and Santo Domingo. The company introduced carriages to Tirapata when they brought in a two-seated carriage and a heavy Studebaker wagon, both pictured in the album. The Inca Mining Company was also involved in extracting rubber from an unexplored area of Peru adjacent to Bolivia, on lands near the Madre de Dios rivers. To reach this region, the travelers use foot bridges, native canoes or pirogues, zipline, and river steamer. Several photos portray the Indians of this region, known as "Chunchos:" a man in a tunic, holding long bows, and groups of young women with their babies. In Cuzco, the photographer captures the colonial beauty of the Iglesia de la Compañía de Jesús, and the courtyards of the Convento de Santo Domingo, and Convento de la Merced. In the Plaza de Armas, Peruvians parade through the streets carrying floats and statues of the Virgin and saints, and a tall structure made of poles lashed together, decorated with flags and figures in white robes on each of the four corners. The photos also capture the beauty of the enormous Inca stone walls of Cuzco, the reed boats of the Uro Indians of Lake Titicaca, and the nearby ruins of Tiahuanaco in Bolivia. Many of the photos of Tiahuanaco's impressive sculpted stonework are by Vargas. The last 11 prints in the album are photographic reproductions of scenes of Jamaica, including several large grand hotels in Kingston, and Port Antonio, Roaring River Falls in St. Ann, and a country railroad station in Troja
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Label
From the North to the South : some sights I have seen in South America, August 1905-May 1906
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Note
  • Title and dates from hand-lettered and hand-decorated title page
  • Photographs of varying sizes and shapes are mounted on rectos and versos of leaves of black paper; without captions
  • Laid in: one unidentified, undated snapshot of a woman, possibly Harriet Chalmers Adams, and a young boy (Harriet's son?) standing on the lawn in front of a bungalow
  • Bound in plain brown cloth limp boards; gold-stamped title on upper cover "Photographs."
  • Part of the Photograph Album Collection (Collection 94) in the Charles E. Young Research Library Department of Special Collections, UCLA
  • Additional information available at the California Digital Newspaper Collection website at cdnc.ucr.edu. See "Across the Cordillera" in the Los Angeles Times v. 29, no. 74 (Dec. 14, 1901) p. 8-9, in which Chester W. Brown describes a journey from the Peruvian coast inland across the Andes to gold mines deep in the jungle; and "Los Angeles Woman in Peru" in the Los Angeles Times, v. 31, no. 215 (May 1904), p. 7 in which Ida M. Brown, mother of Chester W. Brown, general manager of the Inca Mining Co., describes her journey to the mine in Santo Domingo, Peru. For information on the Inca Mining Co., and the gold mining operations in Santo Domingo, Peru, see "Gold Mining in the Peruvian Andes" on The electronic notebook of Bruce Graham (http://bruce.graham.free.fr/family/santo_domingo/index.html) On Harriet Chalmers Adams, see Chapter 5 of Tamar Rothenberg's Presenting America's World: Strategies of Innocence in National Geographic Magazine, 1888-1945 (Ashgate Publishing, 2007); and Kathryn Davis, "Harriet Chalmers Adams: Remembering an American Geographer," The California geographer 49 (2009):51-65
Color
black and white
Dimensions
29 x 36 cm (album)
Extent
1 album (257 photographic prints)
Note
Spec. Coll. copy: In modern beige cloth clamshell box. Purchase, Margolis & Moss, 2013.
Other physical details
gelatin silver
Primary support material
paper
Secondary support material
paper
Specific material designation
photoprint
System control number
  • (OCoLC)863650354
  • ucoclc863650354
Label
From the North to the South : some sights I have seen in South America, August 1905-May 1906
Publication
Note
  • Title and dates from hand-lettered and hand-decorated title page
  • Photographs of varying sizes and shapes are mounted on rectos and versos of leaves of black paper; without captions
  • Laid in: one unidentified, undated snapshot of a woman, possibly Harriet Chalmers Adams, and a young boy (Harriet's son?) standing on the lawn in front of a bungalow
  • Bound in plain brown cloth limp boards; gold-stamped title on upper cover "Photographs."
  • Part of the Photograph Album Collection (Collection 94) in the Charles E. Young Research Library Department of Special Collections, UCLA
  • Additional information available at the California Digital Newspaper Collection website at cdnc.ucr.edu. See "Across the Cordillera" in the Los Angeles Times v. 29, no. 74 (Dec. 14, 1901) p. 8-9, in which Chester W. Brown describes a journey from the Peruvian coast inland across the Andes to gold mines deep in the jungle; and "Los Angeles Woman in Peru" in the Los Angeles Times, v. 31, no. 215 (May 1904), p. 7 in which Ida M. Brown, mother of Chester W. Brown, general manager of the Inca Mining Co., describes her journey to the mine in Santo Domingo, Peru. For information on the Inca Mining Co., and the gold mining operations in Santo Domingo, Peru, see "Gold Mining in the Peruvian Andes" on The electronic notebook of Bruce Graham (http://bruce.graham.free.fr/family/santo_domingo/index.html) On Harriet Chalmers Adams, see Chapter 5 of Tamar Rothenberg's Presenting America's World: Strategies of Innocence in National Geographic Magazine, 1888-1945 (Ashgate Publishing, 2007); and Kathryn Davis, "Harriet Chalmers Adams: Remembering an American Geographer," The California geographer 49 (2009):51-65
Color
black and white
Dimensions
29 x 36 cm (album)
Extent
1 album (257 photographic prints)
Note
Spec. Coll. copy: In modern beige cloth clamshell box. Purchase, Margolis & Moss, 2013.
Other physical details
gelatin silver
Primary support material
paper
Secondary support material
paper
Specific material designation
photoprint
System control number
  • (OCoLC)863650354
  • ucoclc863650354

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