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The Resource [Photograph album of views of the Ferrocarril Central from Callao to Chicla, Peru]

[Photograph album of views of the Ferrocarril Central from Callao to Chicla, Peru]

Label
[Photograph album of views of the Ferrocarril Central from Callao to Chicla, Peru]
Title
[Photograph album of views of the Ferrocarril Central from Callao to Chicla, Peru]
Title variation
Album of photographs
Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Album of photographs of travelthrough Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, and Hawaii, probably dating from 1883-1889.
Cataloging source
CLU
Characteristic
graphic
Runtime
http://bibfra.me/vocab/marc/not-applicable
Summary expansion
The album, perhaps compiled for an ambassador, government official, or high-ranking businessman or railroad official, documents the arrival of the traveler--perhaps from San Francisco--in Corinto, Nicaragua, aboard the Pacific Mail steamer "San José." The journey continues probably aboard a U.S. Navy ship, the officers of which were photographed on deck in a group portrait. The ship stops in Panama--there are photos of Chiriqui Prison there--and then the port of Paita in northern Peru, a desolate town. The final stop is the port city of Callao, near Lima. A sign in the port announces the "Ferrocarril a Lima y Chorrillos"; there are also photos of the plaza and the Calle Constitución. In the capital city of Lima, photos capture splendid examples of colonial architecture, with photos of the elaborately carved wooden balconies of the Torre Tagle Palace, the baroque facade of the church of San Juan de Dios, and the towers of the great cathedral of Lima. Also included are views of the Palacio de Gobierno, the arcades along the Plaza, the Bolívar statue in the Plaza Bolívar, and a garden path in the Lima suburb of Miraflores. The next 18 photos document a journey on the Ferrocaril Central, which runs from Callao up the Peruvian Andes to La Oroya, one of the greatest feats of railroad engineering in the world. The railroad was designed by an American, Henry Meiggs of San Francisco; construction began in Callao in 1870 under the direction of two Polish engineers, Ernest Malinowski, and Edward Jan Habich, and was completed as far as Chicla by 1878; the final stretch to the smelter at La Oroya (12,178 feet above sea level) was delayed by the international economic crisis, Meiggs's death in 1877, and the outbreak of the War of the Pacific in 1879, and was not completed until 1893. Ascending from Callao, the tracks run along the Rimac River, to Chicla (12,225 ft. elev.), passing herds of llamas, mountain hamlets, and the old terraced fields of the Incas, now overgrown with turf. The train makes its way through the Andes, through tunnels (there are a total of 63 tunnels on the route), switchbacks, and narrow gorges, climbing higher and higher. Three important railroad bridges are pictured: the Infiernillo bridge (Puente Infiernillo) spans a chasm over 1000 feet deep, with a tunnel at both ends; the Verrugas viaduct is made of hollow wrought iron columns 252 feet tall at its highest point, and was manufactured in Phoenixville, Pa. at a cost of $63,000; and the Challape viaduct, near Matucana. The travelers return to Callao by handcar, as seen in the final Peru photo which captures four gentlemen posing in a handcar on the Infiernillo Bridge tracks. The album concludes with a series of photos of Hawaii, probably added at a later time, after the Peruvian railroad photos. The Hawaiian photos include portraits of the Hawaiian royal family--Queen Kapiolani, King David Kalakaua, his niece, Princess Victoria Kaiulani Cleghorn as a young girl; their royal residence, the Iolani Palace in Honolulu, in both interior and exterior shots; and Hale Akala, a bungalow which the king had built in 1882 as a more informal residence for everyday living. Also pictured in the album is the "Residence of H.M. Cleghorn," home of Princess Kaiulani, daughter of King David's sister, Miriam Likelike and Archibald Cleghorn, a Scottish businessman
Technique
not applicable
Label
[Photograph album of views of the Ferrocarril Central from Callao to Chicla, Peru]
Link
http://oac.cdlib.org/findaid/ark:/13030/c8b56kjt/
Instantiates
Publication
Note
  • Title supplied by cataloger
  • Possible range of dates suggested by historic references in photos, and date of album patent, April 1882, stamped in blue along gutter of album at end
  • Photographs are mounted on 24 stiff white card leaves mounted on stubs; ms. stock numbers 172-202 below lower left-hand corner of photo; ms. captions in pen below each photo, written in English, with numerous errors in spelling of Spanish place names
  • For additional information on the photographs of the La Oroya (Central) railroad, see Natalia Majluf, "Photographers in Andean visual culture: traces of an absent landscape," History of photography 24, no. 2 (Summer 2000): 91-100, especially p. 93-95
  • Part of the Photograph Album Collection (Collection 94) in UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles
Color
black and white
Content category
still image
Content type code
sti
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
29 x 38 cm (album)
Extent
1 album (50 photographic prints)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Note
Spec. Coll. copy: large oblong folio half-bound in brown cloth and black leather; gold-stamped cover title "Album of Photographs;" textured white endpapers. Small red label on front pastedown of Partridge Photo Supplier of San Francisco [Calif.]. Monogrammed label on front pastedown, with initials "M.S. Co." or "S.M. Co." and caption above and below "Established A.D. 1802." In modern beige cloth clamshell box. Joint purchase, Library Special Collections and Latin American Studies/CRIS, Charles B. Wood, 2011.
Other physical details
albumen
Primary support material
paper
Secondary support material
paper
Specific material designation
photoprint
System control number
  • (OCoLC)742423741
  • ucoclc742423741
Label
[Photograph album of views of the Ferrocarril Central from Callao to Chicla, Peru]
Link
http://oac.cdlib.org/findaid/ark:/13030/c8b56kjt/
Publication
Note
  • Title supplied by cataloger
  • Possible range of dates suggested by historic references in photos, and date of album patent, April 1882, stamped in blue along gutter of album at end
  • Photographs are mounted on 24 stiff white card leaves mounted on stubs; ms. stock numbers 172-202 below lower left-hand corner of photo; ms. captions in pen below each photo, written in English, with numerous errors in spelling of Spanish place names
  • For additional information on the photographs of the La Oroya (Central) railroad, see Natalia Majluf, "Photographers in Andean visual culture: traces of an absent landscape," History of photography 24, no. 2 (Summer 2000): 91-100, especially p. 93-95
  • Part of the Photograph Album Collection (Collection 94) in UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles
Color
black and white
Content category
still image
Content type code
sti
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
29 x 38 cm (album)
Extent
1 album (50 photographic prints)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Note
Spec. Coll. copy: large oblong folio half-bound in brown cloth and black leather; gold-stamped cover title "Album of Photographs;" textured white endpapers. Small red label on front pastedown of Partridge Photo Supplier of San Francisco [Calif.]. Monogrammed label on front pastedown, with initials "M.S. Co." or "S.M. Co." and caption above and below "Established A.D. 1802." In modern beige cloth clamshell box. Joint purchase, Library Special Collections and Latin American Studies/CRIS, Charles B. Wood, 2011.
Other physical details
albumen
Primary support material
paper
Secondary support material
paper
Specific material designation
photoprint
System control number
  • (OCoLC)742423741
  • ucoclc742423741

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