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[Photograph album documenting life in Cuba following the Spanish-American War]

Label
[Photograph album documenting life in Cuba following the Spanish-American War]
Title
[Photograph album documenting life in Cuba following the Spanish-American War]
Contributor
Photographer
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Album of photographs of Cuba taken by various photographers, most likely compiled by an officer or civilian who was part of the United States occupation forces in Cuba between 1898 and 1902.
Cataloging source
CLU
Characteristic
picture
Summary expansion
The photographs begin shortly before the Spanish-American War, which was officially declared in April 1898 following the sinking of the USS Maine in Havana harbor on Feb. 15th, and conclude with the end of the American military occupation and Cuban independence in 1902. The bulk of the photographs are signed by commercial photographers active in Cuba at the turn of the century, including Ramón Corral, S.A. Cohner, and José Gómez de la Carrera. The photoprints of General Leonard Wood, military governor of Cuba, and President Theodore Roosevelt affixed to the front endpapers give the album a definite North American tone, as do the group photos of General William Ludlow, military governor of Havana, and his staff, and General Máximo Gómez, commander of Cuban forces against Spain in the Cuba's War of Independence. There are numerous photos of Havana harbor and the fortification of El Morro Castle; the USS Maine, before and after the explosion that sank it; and the Spanish battle cruiser "Vizcaya" heavily damaged by American fire during the Battle of Santiago, and run aground by her captain while trying to escape the blockade of the Santiago harbor. Other photos of military interest include scenes of the arrival and departure of the U.S. Army 10th Infantry Regiment in Havana, Army tents pitched in the Plaza de Armas in front of the Governors Palace; and two photos documenting the magnificent funeral procession accorded General Calixto García (the famous Cuban general referenced in Elbert Hubbard's famous essay "A Message to García), followed by a view of the gate of the Colón cemetery, a horse-drawn funeral carriage standing in front. Also taken in the Colón cemetery are two views of men standing atop huge piles of human bones and skulls which have been disinterred; these are the bones of poor people who rented their graves for a period of years, at the end of which time the graves were vacated so that they could be re-rented for new corpses. American occupying forces left Cuba in 1902 after Cuban independence, as seen in the two large views by S.A. Cohner of American troops marching through the town of Ceiba, Cuba, en route to Havana for embarkation. The last two photos record the departure of General Wood from Havana on May 20, 1902; one is a view of the pier where crowds have gathered for the embarkation, the cruiser USS Brooklyn waiting out in the harbor bedecked with festive flags. The remaining photographs present a picture of what the city of Havana looked like at the turn of the century, documenting the principal avenues, such as Paseo del Prado and the commercial street Calzada de Galiano; plazas such as Plaza de Armas; parks including Parque San Juan de Dios and Parque de la Punta; civic monuments such as the Columbus Memorial, and the statue of Queen Isabel II, which is shown being removed from the Parque Central on March 12, 1899; and important buildings such as the Cathedral, Teatro Tacón, Teatro Payret, Palacio de los Capitanes Generales, grand hotels such as the Mascotte and the Inglaterra, and the first European shopping arcade, called the Manzana de Gomez (for its developer Andrés Gómez Mena). In contrast to the photos of Havana's grand buildings and public spaces inspired by a desire for European sophistication and culture, there are numerous photos of ordinary Cubans in their everyday lives, including their simple thatched huts, and the sugarcane fields where they work cutting cane. They are basket-weavers, and street vendors; they haul bags of sugar and loads of bananas in heavy horse-drawn wagons; they are fishermen and boatmen and cooks. Included here are some of the photos produced by José Gómez de la Carrera during his early career when he documented the lifestyle and interior spaces of the Cuban bourgeoisie: a large tiled kitchen of a well-to-do home in which a cook prepares food on a long stove; and a bedroom furnished with comfortable wicker rocking chairs and a lace-canopied bed. The 12 gelatin silver real photo postcards included in the album offer views of El Morro and the harbor; interiors and exteriors of palaces and government buildings; cobblestone city streets with horse carriages, stray dogs, market vendors, and a man carrying a huge load of tobacco leaves on his head; the Almendares River that supplies water to Havana; and parks and plazas shaded with palms
Technique
not applicable
Label
[Photograph album documenting life in Cuba following the Spanish-American War]
Instantiates
Production
Note
  • Title supplied by cataloger
  • Range of dates from dates of Spanish-American War which began on April 11, 1898 following the sinking of the USS Maine in Havana harbor; and end of U.S. occupation in May 1902 when Cuba gained independence
  • Photographs are mounted on rectos and versos of 21 leaves of heavy white stock; larger photographs (20 x 25 cm or slightly smaller) are mounted two per page, smaller prints, real photo postcards (11 x 16.5 cm),are mounted four per page; nine small photos (11.5 x 9 cm) are mounted on verso of one leaf at the end
  • Large halftone prints (from photographs by Prince) of General Leonard M. Wood, military governor of Cuba, and President Theodore Roosevelt on front pastedown and front endleaf, respectively; these halftones are taken from McClure's magazine 19, no. 5 (Sept. 1905), and were used to illustrated the article by William Allen White, "Cuban reciprocity: a moral issue" (pages 386-394)
  • Mounted on rear pastedown is a large clipping from an unidentified newspaper containing a photo and description of the Firemen's Monument in Colon Cemetery, Havana, Cuba
  • Bound in brown cloth boards; gold-stamped title "Scrap Book" on upper board
  • 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
38 x 31 cm (album)
Extent
1 album (81 photographic prints, 12 photographic postcards)
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
albumen, gelatin silver
Primary support material
paper
Secondary support material
paper
Specific material designation
photoprint
System control number
  • (OCoLC)1004565308
  • ucoclc1004565308
Label
[Photograph album documenting life in Cuba following the Spanish-American War]
Production
Note
  • Title supplied by cataloger
  • Range of dates from dates of Spanish-American War which began on April 11, 1898 following the sinking of the USS Maine in Havana harbor; and end of U.S. occupation in May 1902 when Cuba gained independence
  • Photographs are mounted on rectos and versos of 21 leaves of heavy white stock; larger photographs (20 x 25 cm or slightly smaller) are mounted two per page, smaller prints, real photo postcards (11 x 16.5 cm),are mounted four per page; nine small photos (11.5 x 9 cm) are mounted on verso of one leaf at the end
  • Large halftone prints (from photographs by Prince) of General Leonard M. Wood, military governor of Cuba, and President Theodore Roosevelt on front pastedown and front endleaf, respectively; these halftones are taken from McClure's magazine 19, no. 5 (Sept. 1905), and were used to illustrated the article by William Allen White, "Cuban reciprocity: a moral issue" (pages 386-394)
  • Mounted on rear pastedown is a large clipping from an unidentified newspaper containing a photo and description of the Firemen's Monument in Colon Cemetery, Havana, Cuba
  • Bound in brown cloth boards; gold-stamped title "Scrap Book" on upper board
  • 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
38 x 31 cm (album)
Extent
1 album (81 photographic prints, 12 photographic postcards)
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
albumen, gelatin silver
Primary support material
paper
Secondary support material
paper
Specific material designation
photoprint
System control number
  • (OCoLC)1004565308
  • ucoclc1004565308

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