11-17-2013 11-17-2013
Skinner Auctions
Skinner Auctions Boston MA
2687B Boston
November 17, 2013 11:00 AMCalender

Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Photo Album, 1907-08.

Auction: Books & Manuscripts - 2687B Location: Boston Date / Time: November 17, 2013 11:00AM


Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Photo Album, 1907-08.
Oblong folio format pre-made album, approximately forty pages, documenting the far east journey of a British couple at the beginning of the twentieth century, containing black and white photographs, some mass-produced, but many personal shots, some hand-colored, all mounted, leather covering peeling away from both boards, exposing the stuffing-like padding, 10 1/2 x 14 in.
Few identifying facts emerge about the travellers in this album. The woman who put the album together only refers to herself as "self," several times scratching out her own face or applying stamps over it. She looks to be in her early 20s and travels with an older man with a handlebar mustache identified as F.D. They shipped from Tilbury or Southampton, on the S.S. Himalaya, or SS. Mongolia, visiting a Mr. Jewett in Kamakura, Japan, and the home of a Mr. Spalinger in Canton. They also visit, Kobe, Yokohama, Nagasaki, Tokyo, Nikko, and Atami. There are several nice original photos of Hong Kong, including the harbor, and some taken in Singapore, including F.D. and "self" in rickshaws ("self" has stuck stamps over her own face).
Estimate $600-800

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Singapore, Japan, Southampton, Tilbury, Himalaya, Mongolia, Kamakura, Kobe, Nagasaki, Nikko, Tokyo, Yokohama, Atami