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[Photograph album of a trip through the Suez Canal to Jammu and Kashmir, India]

Label
[Photograph album of a trip through the Suez Canal to Jammu and Kashmir, India]
Title
[Photograph album of a trip through the Suez Canal to Jammu and Kashmir, India]
Subject
Genre
Summary
Album of photographs probably from sometime between 1933 and 1939, documenting a voyage to India through the Suez Canal by British government officials and their wives aboard the troopship HMT Lancashire.
Cataloging source
CLU
Characteristic
picture
Summary expansion
The album opens with four photos of the rock of Gibraltar, followed by views of the Egyptian port city of Port Said at the north end of the Suez Canal, identified by the triple-domed building housing the offices of the Suez Canal Company. Passing through the canal at this point, the photographer captured views of a passenger steamship; the American freighter, the "Steel Navigator" (sunk in 1942 by a German torpedo); and, moored at the canal's edge, a row of small fishing boats, their fishing nets spread out to dry. There are also shots of the commemorative statue on the pier at Port Said of Ferdinand de Lesseps, developer of the Suez Canal, and near the Port Said Cemetery, the Anzac war memorial (more commonly known as the Light Horse Memorial) inscribed "Australia and New Zealand 1916-1918," unveiled in November 1932 to honor troops from those countries who were killed in action in Egypt, Palestine, and Syria during World War I. At the south end of the Canal, the Shamshan Mountains visible from the shore of Port Aden come into view, and passengers are seen disembarking from the ship at Steamer Point, and being ferried to shore by local operators in their small boats. In one of the photos Big Ben Aden is visible, a tall clocktower built by British engineers beside Aden harbour at the end of the 19th century. The travelers, three couples, pictured relaxing on deck of the steamer, must have gone ashore to visit the nearby Cisterns of Tawila, also known as the Tawila Tanks, as there are three photos of this series of vast reservoirs formed by masonry bonded on to the living rock and built centuries earlier. The cisterns can store many millions of gallons of water, but with little rain in Aden, they often remain dry from year to year. The next 24 photos document an equestrian event, probably a three-day event, taking place in a large dusty field, outside the city of Rawalpindi [?] with a parade of automobiles bringing in spectators, several views of jumping and cross-country events, horsemen with a group of trained hunting dogs, and a row of silver trophy cups and bowls set out on long tables. Fifteen photos trace the travelers' journey by car up a winding road along a river, possibly the Jhelum or Sind River, through pine-covered mountains, and terraced farmland which eventually brings them to the Ganderbal district in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, and the ruins at the Wangath Temple complex near Naranag, an important archaeological site of a cluster of 8th century temples dedicated to Lord Shiva, located on the bank of the Wangath River, a Sindh tributary. The travelers camp here--their tents are visible in one photo--and there are several views of local men floating timber--probably cedar-- down the river, using long poles to dislodge the timbers when they get jammed against the rocks in mid-stream. Near Srinigar, the photographer captures views of the Hari Parbat Fort built by the Mughal emperors above Dal Lake. There are shots taken from the fort looking down upon Srinigar, and from Dal Lake, looking up at the fort visible in the distance at the top of the hill, as well as a photo of one of the many wooden river skiffs or "shikara" boats found on Dal Lake, made of the deodar cedar native to this part of the country. The album concludes with photographs of the parade grounds or cricket fields of a school or military college, in which cadets [?] in uniform stand in a group with officers and students sit cross-legged on the ground in front of their teacher
Technique
not applicable
Label
[Photograph album of a trip through the Suez Canal to Jammu and Kashmir, India]
Instantiates
Production
Note
  • Title supplied by cataloger
  • Possible range of dates based on historical references and dress and automobile styles in photographs
  • Photographs in two sizes are mounted with paper corner mounts on rectos and versos of 13 leaves of heavy black paper, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, or 12 photos per page, depending on size of photos (88 x 114 mm or 40 x 62 mm); without captions
  • Bound in tan cardboard covers with decorative vein patten; black endpapers; manufacturer's ticket on inside back cover labeled "Ensign Albums. Made in Great Britain," with stamped stock number and manuscript price
  • 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
26 x 35 cm (album)
Extent
1 album (133 photographic prints)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Note
Spec. Coll. copy: in modern beige cloth clamshell case. Purchase, PBA Galleries, 2016.
Other physical details
gelatin silver
Primary support material
paper
Secondary support material
paper
Specific material designation
photoprint
System control number
  • (OCoLC)965691119
  • ucoclc965691119
Label
[Photograph album of a trip through the Suez Canal to Jammu and Kashmir, India]
Production
Note
  • Title supplied by cataloger
  • Possible range of dates based on historical references and dress and automobile styles in photographs
  • Photographs in two sizes are mounted with paper corner mounts on rectos and versos of 13 leaves of heavy black paper, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, or 12 photos per page, depending on size of photos (88 x 114 mm or 40 x 62 mm); without captions
  • Bound in tan cardboard covers with decorative vein patten; black endpapers; manufacturer's ticket on inside back cover labeled "Ensign Albums. Made in Great Britain," with stamped stock number and manuscript price
  • 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
26 x 35 cm (album)
Extent
1 album (133 photographic prints)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Note
Spec. Coll. copy: in modern beige cloth clamshell case. Purchase, PBA Galleries, 2016.
Other physical details
gelatin silver
Primary support material
paper
Secondary support material
paper
Specific material designation
photoprint
System control number
  • (OCoLC)965691119
  • ucoclc965691119

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