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[Photograph album of views of Burma and India]

Label
[Photograph album of views of Burma and India]
Title
[Photograph album of views of Burma and India]
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Photograph album of views of Burma and India, assembled by a British soldier possibly between 1936 and 1943.
Cataloging source
CLU
Characteristic
picture
Summary expansion
The photographer may have been a member of the 1st Battalion 20th Burmese Rifles, which in 1937 became the 1st Battalion Burmese Rifles, who were stationed in Mingaladon 1937-1938 and beginning in 1939 in Maymyo. Photos of barracks in both Maymyo and Mingaladon figure prominently in the album, as do photos of the crests of the "1/20 Burmese Rifles" and Madras Pioneers in Mandalay; and the Buffs (Royal East Kent Regiment) and the Yorkshire Light Infantry in Maymyo. Front pastedown of album contains a single large (24 x 29.5 cm) group photo of the photographer's regiment, each member identified with a name written in the margin. The album includes scenes of military life, as well as scenes of the everyday life of the local people, including Shan and Kachin people. There are farmers tilling and rolling their fields with primitive wooden plows and rollers pulled by water buffalo, a man pressing sugar cane, a street hawker, a Kachin maid, Burmese dancing girls, a potter sitting at his wheel surrounded by his finished pots, women spinning thread, scenes from a Burmese funeral, a field of gourds. In other views, native people wash clothes, thatch a roof, and show off their hunting and fishing trophies: a large sea turtle, a vulture with a huge wingspan, and a giant swordfish. Numerous photos document the mud volcanoes near Lashio (200 km northeast of Mandalay in northern Shan State), oil wells at Yenanyaung and on the Irrawaddy River, "Laughing Waters" near Wetwun, Burma, as well as waterfalls in India, at Yenasagang and Chakrata. A pair of swans glides across Maymyo Lake, and Victoria Lake (now Inya Lake) in the Kokkine area, created as a reservoir by the British in 1882-1883 to supply water to the city of Rangoon. Photos from the Rangoon docks area include a native sailboat, rows of small wooden trading boats moored along the shore, battleships (one shot taken through a porthole), and the domed Rangoon customs house [?]. There are also photos of the Sagaing Bridge over the Irrawaddy River; the Goteik Viaduct, a railway trestle between Lashio and Maymyo (now Pyin Oo Lwin) which is the highest bridge in Burma, and was at one time the largest railway trestle in the worlds; a railroad tunnel on the way to Maymyo; and a view of Goat Hill from Port Blair, India. Pagodas pictured in the album include Shwedigon Pagoda, also known as the Golden Pagoda for its gold-plated stupa; the Sule Paya Pagoda in Rangoon; a pagoda on the Irrawaddy; Kangyi pagoda in Mon State; and pagodas in Mandalay, Mingun, and Mandalay Fort. Of special interest are the photos of pagodas built on huge precariously balanced rocks at Kyangtia [?], and the Mingun bell, the world's second largest ringing bell. The album contains many more photos of unnamed pagodas, and enormous statues of animals such as an elephant, bird, and lion, and numerous photos of statues of Buddha. The photographer has included views of Christian churches and cathedrals, and a statue from the grave of Laura Mabel Oliver, wife of Ernest Oliver, who was buried in the Maymyo Cemetery in April 1924. There are five photos of groups of Buddhist monks posing for the photographers, the members of one group all holding parasols. Towards the end of the album, there are many views of street scenes and buildings in Mandalay, and more photos of the barracks at Mandalay Hill. The album concludes with photos of India, including the circular colonnaded building of the Parliament House (designed by Edward Lutyens and Herbert Baker), the nearby Secretariat Building; the Red Fort; and Jama Masjid, one of the largest mosques in Indian, built by Shah Jahan in the 17th century
Technique
not applicable
Label
[Photograph album of views of Burma and India]
Instantiates
Production
Note
  • Title supplied by cataloger
  • Range of dates from dates in photos or in captions
  • Photographs are printed on Velox paper, and the single word "Velox" stamped on verso indicates that the paper dates from the late 1920s to the late 1940s; see P. Messier, "Notes on dating photographic paper," Topics in photographic preservation 11 (2005): 123-130
  • Photos mounted with tan photo-corners on rectos and versos of 24 leaves of heavy black paper, six to a page; some captions written in ink below photos
  • Bound in contemporary brown leather album; blind-stamped panels; gilt-embossed figure of a lion on a square of mottled dark brown and gold silk mounted in recessed center panel; tied with brown silk cord
  • 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 37 cm (album)
Extent
1 album (276 photographic prints)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Note
Spec. Coll. copy: in modern beige cloth clamshell case. Purchased for Library Special Collections at the 50th California International Antiquarian Book Fair, Oakland, California from Pablo Butcher, Feb. 2017, with funds supplied by Librarian for Southeast Asian Studies Jade Alburo.
Other physical details
gelatin silver
Primary support material
paper
Secondary support material
paper
Specific material designation
photoprint
System control number
  • (OCoLC)1005899975
  • ucoclc1005899975
Label
[Photograph album of views of Burma and India]
Production
Note
  • Title supplied by cataloger
  • Range of dates from dates in photos or in captions
  • Photographs are printed on Velox paper, and the single word "Velox" stamped on verso indicates that the paper dates from the late 1920s to the late 1940s; see P. Messier, "Notes on dating photographic paper," Topics in photographic preservation 11 (2005): 123-130
  • Photos mounted with tan photo-corners on rectos and versos of 24 leaves of heavy black paper, six to a page; some captions written in ink below photos
  • Bound in contemporary brown leather album; blind-stamped panels; gilt-embossed figure of a lion on a square of mottled dark brown and gold silk mounted in recessed center panel; tied with brown silk cord
  • 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 37 cm (album)
Extent
1 album (276 photographic prints)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Note
Spec. Coll. copy: in modern beige cloth clamshell case. Purchased for Library Special Collections at the 50th California International Antiquarian Book Fair, Oakland, California from Pablo Butcher, Feb. 2017, with funds supplied by Librarian for Southeast Asian Studies Jade Alburo.
Other physical details
gelatin silver
Primary support material
paper
Secondary support material
paper
Specific material designation
photoprint
System control number
  • (OCoLC)1005899975
  • ucoclc1005899975

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