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[Photograph album of a trip to Indonesia, the Philippines, and Singapore]

Label
[Photograph album of a trip to Indonesia, the Philippines, and Singapore]
Title
[Photograph album of a trip to Indonesia, the Philippines, and Singapore]
Subject
Genre
Language
ger
Summary
Album of photographs by a German tourist travelling through Indonesia, the Philippines, and Singapore in 1935.
Cataloging source
CLU
Characteristic
picture
Summary expansion
The photographer has purposefully captured the local ways of life in his black and white snapshots, taken as a period of development and economic transformation began in the East Indies. The local people are unaware that they are being photographed as they fabricate and sell their wares, stroll the streets, tend rice fields, carry loads of produce and straw, do laundry in the river, harvest crops, and drive carriages and rickshaws. There are 30 photographs of Bali, which had only recently been opened to tourism in 1914, as evident by the very diminutive and humble original "Bali Hotel." In Kintamani, some residents are preparing for a cockfight, known as "tajen" and practiced in an ancient religious purification ritual to expel evil spirits. Others are hard at work harvesting rice, and one man weaves a straw mat by hand. The tourists are welcomed with the traditional "Legong" Balinese dance, accompanied by gamelan players. A village of bamboo huts and spectacular rice paddies are also pictured. The 26 photographs of Java feature street scenes and beautiful women in Djokjarta (Yogyakarta), palms in the Bogor Botanical Gardens (Kebun Raya Bogor) in the town of Bogor (once known as "Buitenzorg"), large bundles of straw balanced on the shoulders of men at work. The photographer stayed at the Grand Hotel and took a tour of Borobudur, a 9th century Mahayana Buddhist temple in Magelang in Central Java decorated with exquisite relief carvings; one carved scene depicts Queen Maya in a horse drawn carriage retreating to Lumbini to give birth to Prince Siddhartha Gautama, or Buddha. There are 40 photographs of Batavia (now Jakarta), where nostaligic images include horse-drawn carriages, a simple street tram, local street vendors displaying their wares, an outdoor market, and views of the canal. Historic buildings pictured include the museum, and the Hotel des Indes which was considered one of the oldest and most prestigious hotels in Asia. Three rare photographs document the first coffee plant, Tek Sun Ho, Eerstee Weltrever-denschee Koffiebranderij, located in the neighborhood of Weltevreden on the outskirts of Jakarta. Tek Sun Ho was founded in 1878 by a Chinese immigrant from Guangdong, Liaw Tek Sun and his Indonesian wife, and his was the first coffee specialty business that roasted its own special coffee blend. In front of the coffee roasting plant on the Molenvliet Canal, bamboo rafts transport building materials, and laundrymen are washing linens. Before heading to the Philippines, the travelers visit Balu Batoa peak near Pangkajene in South Sulawesi. Once arrived in Manila by March 27, 1935, the photographer took 45 pictures of the palm trees along Bonifacio Drive, named for the leader of the 1896 Philippine Revolution; city hall building, a colonial college, and the baroque Quiapo Church as it stood before remodelling. Large businesses crowd a street along the Pasig River; one rooftop sign advertises the Adamson School of Industrial Chemistry, founded in 1932 by George Lucas Adamson. The Manila pictured here is unrecognizable compared with the modern city of today: there are homes on stilts, tiered rice paddies, and a quaint little village of straw thatched roofs. This was the American period, following the Philippine Independence Act of 1934, but before the first Philippine presidential elections held in September 1935. Dates and locations occasionally pencilled in margins reveal that the two week voyage on the SS Resolute of the Hamburg America Line (HAPAG), took place in March 1935, with the travelers arriving in Singapore on March 16, 1935, possibly the Southeast Asian leg of one of the Resolute's celebrated around the world. The 140-day cruise covered 33 "strange lands," usually sailing January-June in order to arrive in each country at the ideal season; the Resolute's itinerary included Bali, Java, Singapore, and Manila, as pictured in the album. Four photos (laid in) capture the revelry accompanying the Equator-crossing ceremony called "crossing the line" in which costumed crew members play the roles of King Neptune and his court; these are the seasoned seamen called Shellbacks, while the initiates are known as Pollywogs, the neophytes who must wear silly clothing and perform embarrassing stunts to earn their new status. Soon after this voyage, the Resolute was renamed "Lombardia" by the Italian government and converted to a transport ship for use during the Abyssinian War
Technique
not applicable
Label
[Photograph album of a trip to Indonesia, the Philippines, and Singapore]
Instantiates
Publication
Note
  • Title supplied by cataloger
  • Date from album spine
  • Photographs are mounted on rectos and versos of 30 leaves of thin cream board, with two, three, or four photographs per page; brief captions pencilled in margins or at top of page identifying hotel, country, city, or subject of photograph
  • Bound in quarter binding of polished tan calf and autumn yellow paper boards featuring a scratch pattern; gold-stamped red and green leather spine labels have captions "Weltreise 1935, VI" and "Malaga Philippinen."
  • Part of the Photograph Album Collection (Collection 94) in Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA
Color
black and white
Dimensions
31 x 24 cm (album)
Extent
1 album (194 photographic prints)
Note
Spec. Coll. copy: four photos detached from pages and laid in (now in mylar sleeve laid in). In modern beige cloth clamshell case. Purchased from Voyager Press Rare Books & Manuscripts, 2015, for Library Special Collections with funds from the Southeast Asian Studies bibliographer, Jade Alburo.
Other physical details
gelatin silver
Primary support material
paper
Secondary support material
paper
Specific material designation
photoprint
System control number
  • (OCoLC)912670744
  • ucoclc912670744
Label
[Photograph album of a trip to Indonesia, the Philippines, and Singapore]
Publication
Note
  • Title supplied by cataloger
  • Date from album spine
  • Photographs are mounted on rectos and versos of 30 leaves of thin cream board, with two, three, or four photographs per page; brief captions pencilled in margins or at top of page identifying hotel, country, city, or subject of photograph
  • Bound in quarter binding of polished tan calf and autumn yellow paper boards featuring a scratch pattern; gold-stamped red and green leather spine labels have captions "Weltreise 1935, VI" and "Malaga Philippinen."
  • Part of the Photograph Album Collection (Collection 94) in Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA
Color
black and white
Dimensions
31 x 24 cm (album)
Extent
1 album (194 photographic prints)
Note
Spec. Coll. copy: four photos detached from pages and laid in (now in mylar sleeve laid in). In modern beige cloth clamshell case. Purchased from Voyager Press Rare Books & Manuscripts, 2015, for Library Special Collections with funds from the Southeast Asian Studies bibliographer, Jade Alburo.
Other physical details
gelatin silver
Primary support material
paper
Secondary support material
paper
Specific material designation
photoprint
System control number
  • (OCoLC)912670744
  • ucoclc912670744

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