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[Photograph album documenting activities of the SMS Condor in the South Seas 1908-1910]

Label
[Photograph album documenting activities of the SMS Condor in the South Seas 1908-1910]
Title
[Photograph album documenting activities of the SMS Condor in the South Seas 1908-1910]
Subject
Genre
Summary
Album of photographs probably taken by a crewmember, documenting activities of the German naval cruiser SMS Condor in the South Seas, patrolling German colonies in Samoa, New Guinea, and Micronesia between 1908 and 1911, with stops in China and Japan.
Cataloging source
CLU
Characteristic
picture
Summary expansion
The size, professional quality, and stock numbers of the photographs suggest that they were taken by a crewmember, perhaps an officer, an official photographer, or a member of the ship's band which is featured in three of the photos, including the large formal portrait at the end. The SMS Condor stayed on station in the Far East from 1903 to 1914, and fresh crews were regularly rotated in. The two photos of SMS Condor sailors holding a life preserver from the SMS Gneisenau suggest that they were a fresh crew enroute to their posting aboard the SMS Condor. One of the first photos in the album is a head-on shot of the Condor. In addition to several photos of life onboard the ship, including the traditional festivities to celebrate crossing the equator, there are two photos of the sailors in port, possibly at a brothel in the Maruyama district of Nagasaki, Japan: one featuring members of the marine band posing with three Japanese ladies in kimonos in casual poses, the other a large group shot of the entire [?] crew. Other photos taken while in Japan include a portrait of a geisha [?], a young woman dressed in a formal silk robe; a scene of Japanese women performing a traditional dance in an outdoor tent strung with paper lanterns; a primitive stone mill worked by a small mule; and three interior views of a temple. In China, the photographer has captured two young women with bound feet sitting on a bench in front of a brick house, and three sailors in a hired horse carriage in the street in front of the printshop of Kwang Hoa Dung, "Buchdruckrei. Buchbinderei." A view of an opium house shows opium smokers, some with long braided pigtails, lying on wooden benches smoking opium pipes. There is also a view of a ship (probably SMS Condor) in drydock for repairs, probably in Tsingtau (China). There are several photos of Samoans in their traditional dress, two of them of beautiful young women, others of family groups. In German New Guinea, a group of young men pose wearing elaborate neck ornaments of shell or bone; there are also two photos of male dancers performing the traditional dance of the Duk-Duk and Tubuan spirts, in which they wear leafy skirts and cone hats; the circular eyes drawn on the headresses of those representing the Tubuan spirits are particularly striking. Natives in their outrigger canoes are photographed as they paddle alongside the ship. Several photos refer to the Sokehs rebellion against local German rule that started on Sokehs Island off the main island of Pohnpei in the Eastern Caroline Islands (now the Federated States of Micronesia) when some Sokehs refused to perform the forced labor required of them by the German colonial administration. When the natives killed the district commissioner and three of his assistants, the German governor sent the cruisers Emden and Cormoran and 30 Melanesian policemen--members of the Melanesian Polizeitruppe--to apprehend the rebels who finally surrendered. Included are photos of the Melanesian policemen, wearing peaked hats, loincloths, an ammunition pack on their belts, and carrying rifles, and three photos of the manacled rebels wearing grass skirts who surrendered in February 1911. There is also a view of three graves in a mission garden [on Sokehs Island?], all dated Jan. 26, 1911, possibly the burial place of some of the seven Germans who died in the rebellion
Technique
not applicable
Label
[Photograph album documenting activities of the SMS Condor in the South Seas 1908-1910]
Instantiates
Production
Note
  • Title supplied by cataloger
  • Dates from dates on drum in photographs of sailors' band on verso of leaf [2] and dates on burial crosses in photograph on recto of leaf [10]
  • Photographs are mounted on rectos and versos of the first 11 leaves of stiff white board (last 14 leaves are blank); photos are mounted 1-4 per page; without captions
  • Bound in contemporary album with black lacquered covers and gold-stamped black leather spine; front cover decorated with the figure of a large dragon within an ornamental border stencilled in silver; black endpapers
  • Part of the Photograph Album Collection (Collection 94) in Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
black and white
Content category
still image
Content type code
sti
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
28 X 36 cm (album)
Extent
1 album (53 photographic prints)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Note
Spec. Coll. copy: in modern beige cloth clamshell case. Purchase, Wayfarer's Bookshop, 2017.
Other physical details
gelatin silver
Primary support material
paper
Secondary support material
paper
Specific material designation
photoprint
System control number
  • (OCoLC)1005899901
  • ucoclc1005899901
Label
[Photograph album documenting activities of the SMS Condor in the South Seas 1908-1910]
Production
Note
  • Title supplied by cataloger
  • Dates from dates on drum in photographs of sailors' band on verso of leaf [2] and dates on burial crosses in photograph on recto of leaf [10]
  • Photographs are mounted on rectos and versos of the first 11 leaves of stiff white board (last 14 leaves are blank); photos are mounted 1-4 per page; without captions
  • Bound in contemporary album with black lacquered covers and gold-stamped black leather spine; front cover decorated with the figure of a large dragon within an ornamental border stencilled in silver; black endpapers
  • Part of the Photograph Album Collection (Collection 94) in Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
black and white
Content category
still image
Content type code
sti
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
28 X 36 cm (album)
Extent
1 album (53 photographic prints)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Note
Spec. Coll. copy: in modern beige cloth clamshell case. Purchase, Wayfarer's Bookshop, 2017.
Other physical details
gelatin silver
Primary support material
paper
Secondary support material
paper
Specific material designation
photoprint
System control number
  • (OCoLC)1005899901
  • ucoclc1005899901

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