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Auction Description for Swann: THE VERNACULAR EYE: PHOTOGRAPHS
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Exhibition & Sale Schedule: Sale 2345 - The Vernacular Eye: Photographic Albums, Snapshots & Objects * Fine Photographs - begins at 1:30pm in New York on Thursday, April 17. All material in Sale 2345 on display at our premises in New York City, 104 East 25th Street, as follows: Sat, Apr 12: Noon to 5pm - Mon, Apr 14: 10am to 6pm - Tues, Apr 15: 10am to 6pm - Wed, Apr 16: 10am to 6pm - Thurs, Apr 17: 10am to Noon.

THE VERNACULAR EYE: PHOTOGRAPHS

by Swann Auction Galleries

Platinum House

297 lots with images

April 17, 2014

Live Auction

104 East 25th Street

New York, NY, 10010 USA

Phone: 212.254.4710

Fax: 212 979 1017

Email: swann@swanngalleries.com

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(CHINA) Group of 5 photographs of Chinese subjects, including a young courtesan whose tiny bound feet are visible,

Lot 1: (CHINA) Group of 5 photographs of Chinese subjects, including a young courtesan whose tiny bound feet are visible,

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Description: (CHINA) Group of 5 photographs of Chinese subjects, including a young courtesan whose tiny bound feet are visible, another courtesan whose feet are obscured, a group of musicians, an unidentified Mandarin figure and a couple. Albumen prints, 5 1/2x4 inches (14x10.2 cm.). 1880s-1890s

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(CHINA) Group of 38 attractive studio portraits of beautifully-attired Chinese men, women and children,

Lot 2: (CHINA) Group of 38 attractive studio portraits of beautifully-attired Chinese men, women and children,

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Description: (CHINA) Group of 38 attractive studio portraits of beautifully-attired Chinese men, women and children, a few of them boldly hand-tinted. Printing-out paper prints, 5 1/2x4 inches (14x14 cm.), and slightly smaller. 1890s

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HOCQUARD, CHARLES EDOUARD (1855-1911) Group of 17 mounted photographs entitled

Lot 3: HOCQUARD, CHARLES EDOUARD (1855-1911) Group of 17 mounted photographs entitled "Le Tonkin" [Vietnam], with 9 prints mounted singly and

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Description: HOCQUARD, CHARLES EDOUARD (1855-1911) Group of 17 mounted photographs entitled "Le Tonkin" [Vietnam], with 9 prints mounted singly and 8 mounted doubly. With portraits of sharpshooters, lepers, merchants, fortifications and citadels, bankers, native men forging iron, and topographic and picturesque scenes. Albumen prints, sizes ranging from 4x6 to 7 1/2x9 inches (10.2x15.2 to 19.1x22.9 cm.), and the reverse, each with an inventory number and title, in English, in the negative and the publisher's credit, Henry Cremnitz, printed in red. Circa 1885

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(NEW ZEALAND AND AUSTRALIA) Pair of travel albums with approximately 270 photographs of many remote destinations and native people

Lot 4: (NEW ZEALAND AND AUSTRALIA) Pair of travel albums with approximately 270 photographs of many remote destinations and native people

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Description: (NEW ZEALAND AND AUSTRALIA) Pair of travel albums with approximately 270 photographs of many remote destinations and native people throughout New Zealand and Australia. The first chock-a-block with approximately 200 photographs, including 40 beautiful topographic panoramas. The second with a concentration of accomplished views by local commercial photographers, with more than 70 remarkable views of the natural beauty of Australia, comprising 10 stunning commercial pictures of the the jungle and giant eucalyptus trees by J.W. Lindt (Melbourne), 12 underground caves by Kerry (of Sydney), 8 albumen prints of the Inferno and Native women by Iles of Rotopua, 12 scenes by Muir and Moodie (Dunedin), and an assortment of additional picturesque views and snapshots. Albumen, printing-out paper and silver prints, various sizes from 3x2 to 8x6 inches (7.6x5.1 to 20.3x15.2 cm.) and 3x11 1/2 inches (7.6x29.2 cm.), many are captioned on the mount or in the negative. Folios, leatherette; all edges gilt. 1890s

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(INDIA) Accordion-fold album entitled

Lot 5: (INDIA) Accordion-fold album entitled "Souvenir of India" containing 12 studies of native peoples, many of them occupationals,

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Description: (INDIA) Accordion-fold album entitled "Souvenir of India" containing 12 studies of native peoples, many of them occupationals, both in the studio and outdoors. Includes "Bengali Babo," "Upcountry Woman," "Bhestees," "Chinese Lady," and more. Albumen prints, 5 1/2x4 1/4 inches (14x10.8 cm.), and the reverse, each with a caption, in pencil, on mount recto. Small 8vo, gilt-lettered cloth, edgewear. 1870s

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(CANADA) Album with 92 delightful amateur photographs of a trip to Nova Scotia

Lot 6: (CANADA) Album with 92 delightful amateur photographs of a trip to Nova Scotia

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Description: (CANADA) Album with 92 delightful amateur photographs of a trip to Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, Canada, including scenes along commercial thoroughfares, picturesque views of Digby and the bay, residential homes set in tree-lined streets, and lovely views of Wolfeville, Windsor, Halifax (including the market and bird's eye views of the harbor), Pictou, Truro, Charlotteotwn, as well as Norton, Rothesay, St. John, New Brunswick, and Carleton; with a few intimate pictures of people strolling on the piers, at the beach, or shopping. Albumen prints, 3 1/2x4 1/2 inches (8.9x11.4 cm.), in window mounts, each with a handwritten caption on recto; laid in are 7 prints that appear to be scenes in England, and a photochrome of Yellowstone. Tall 4to, cloth, backstrip detached. 1890s

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(ALASKA) A fascinating album with over 160 photographs of Alaskan cities and landscapes,

Lot 7: (ALASKA) A fascinating album with over 160 photographs of Alaskan cities and landscapes,

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Description: (ALASKA) A fascinating album with over 160 photographs of Alaskan cities and landscapes, most of which depict the areas in and around the city of Nome, including sled dogs, reindeer, snowy streets, social gatherings, interiors, store fronts, whaling boats, natives, an image of the famous explorer Captain Amundsen, and several images depicting the gold rush. Includes images with credits for the Lomen Brothers (10), as well as Goetze, Nowell, Dobbs, and Bell, in addition to numerous, more personal snapshots by inhabitants. Silver prints (over 160) and cyanotypes (4), more than 100 are approximately 7 1/2x9 1/2 inches (19.1x24.1 cm.), and the reverse, but also includes about 60 smaller snapshots (30 of which are loose), many of the larger prints with a credit and/or caption in the negative, some with a date; also with ephemera laid in. Tall 4to, 1/2 leather, backstrip perished; photoraphs mounted informally recto/verso, with some detached. Circa 1905-1910

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(JAMAICA) Album containing 39 platinum prints by an accomplished photographer of the verdant island of Jamaica;

Lot 8: (JAMAICA) Album containing 39 platinum prints by an accomplished photographer of the verdant island of Jamaica;

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Description: (JAMAICA) Album containing 39 platinum prints by an accomplished photographer of the verdant island of Jamaica; with scenes of lush vegetation, Kingston harbor and street scenes, local plantations, natives posing in front of their huts, the botanical gardens, picturesque landscapes, laborers at the docks, the church at Half Way and much more. Platinum prints, 22 are 7 3/4x5 3/4 inches (19.7x14.6 cm.), and the rest smaller, many with a handwritten caption, in ink, on recto. Tall 4to, leather, worn; prints mounted on one side of the sheet. Circa 1900

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(PANAMA CANAL) Contemporary binder with 50 vintage photographs that span a ten-year period of picturesque Panama,

Lot 9: (PANAMA CANAL) Contemporary binder with 50 vintage photographs that span a ten-year period of picturesque Panama,

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Description: (PANAMA CANAL) Contemporary binder with 50 vintage photographs that span a ten-year period of picturesque Panama, with variant views of the canal and Culebra, including shop buildings and docks, breakwaters in Limon Bay, freighters navigating the canal, towns with buildings housing laborers, and construction of the canal, including layside side-wall culverts, the upper locks, an exavacating dredge, and a steam shovel. Silver prints, each approximately 7 1/2x9 1/2 inches (19.1x24.1 cm.), with notations and a hand stamp on verso. 4to, 1/2 morroco. 1904-1914

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(PHILIPPINES) Binder containing 13 photographs depicting a variety of ethnographic portraits.

Lot 10: (PHILIPPINES) Binder containing 13 photographs depicting a variety of ethnographic portraits.

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Description: (PHILIPPINES) Binder containing 13 photographs depicting a variety of ethnographic portraits. Silver prints, 6 3/4x4 3/4 inches (17.1x12.1 cm.), with Batchelder's signature, his detailed caption information, and the date he acquired the prints, in ink, as well as a stamp, Published by Bureau of Science, all on verso. Circa 1910

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(CARIBBEAN) BOWN & DAWSON, photographers Caribbean travel album entitled

Lot 11: (CARIBBEAN) BOWN & DAWSON, photographers Caribbean travel album entitled "Cruise of the S. S. Kronprinzessin Cecilie,

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Description: WITH VIEWS OF THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE PANAMA CANAL (CARIBBEAN) BOWN & DAWSON, photographers/span Caribbean travel album entitled "Cruise of the S. S. Kronprinzessin Cecilie, Feb. 10-25, 1913," containing 95 photographs of Jamaica, Cuba, and Panama (with scenes of the construction of the canal). Comprising 24 of Jamaica, 33 of Panama and 38 of Cuba. The pictures were sequenced by a passenger on the cruise ship, and feature commercial medium- and small-format photographs that capture the most touristic, or colorful, aspects of each country. The prints were specially made by the firm of Brown and Dawson, and purchased on board the ship. With Jamaican scenes of boys along a road, women washing clothes in a river, West Indian troops in Jamaica, a bird's eye view of King Street, a panoramic of government buildings, and banyan trees, and more. Among the tourist views are pictures of the Panama Canal, which were also captured by an accomplished photographer. The Cuban views focus on pictureque landscapes and street scenes, with a few pictures of people. Silver prints, 17 are approximately 7 1/2x9 1/4 inches (19.1x23.5 cm.), and smaller, each with a printed caption pasted below the photograph. Oblong folio, gilt-lettered leatherette, worn; contents clean and bright; with the card of Mr. and Mrs. William R. Spalding on the front pastedown. 1913

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(HAWAII; COSTA RICA; GRAND CANYON; CUBA; NEW YORK) Accomplished photographer's Grand Tour album with 94 exquisitely hand-colored photo

Lot 12: (HAWAII; COSTA RICA; GRAND CANYON; CUBA; NEW YORK) Accomplished photographer's Grand Tour album with 94 exquisitely hand-colored photo

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Description: (HAWAII; COSTA RICA; GRAND CANYON; CUBA; NEW YORK) Accomplished photographer's Grand Tour album with 94 exquisitely hand-colored photographs by T. A. Cooper, who had the great fortune of enjoying a 10-month long trip that took him from Hawaii to the Western and Southwestern U.S., the Caribbean, Australia, and to New York City. The pictures were taken from May 4, 1934-April 2, 1935. The trip starts aboard the cruise ship S. S. Empress of Japan, which voyages to Honolulu. Cooper's photographs of the remarkably verdant island and scenes of venders selling leis are delicately tinted. Back onboard the Empress the ship arrives in Los Angeles, where he visits Universal City studios and the Huntington Hotel. Next stop is the Grand Canyon; the coloration of the rock formations is vivid and realistic. From there Cooper travels to Havana, Cuba, where he captures the drama of a tropical sky as well as scenes of Panama and Costa Rica. The last picture is of the Waldorf-Astoria in NYC. Silver prints, 3 1/4x5 1/4 inches (8.3x13.3 cm.), each is tinted and, apparently, with Cooper's signature, date, and notations, in pencil, on verso. Small 4to, leatherette, ties. 1934-1935

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(AFRICAN AMERICANS) Group of 11 rare and remarkable photographs

Lot 13: (AFRICAN AMERICANS) Group of 11 rare and remarkable photographs

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Description: (AFRICAN AMERICANS) Group of 11 rare and remarkable photographs prominently featuring African Americans living in the post-Reconstruction-era South. Includes a striking image of a chain gang in Charleston, a street scene in Charleston with an African American man posing in front of a row of stately water-front homes, a family with two oxen-drawn carts in Thomasville, Georgia subtitled "the happy family," and African Americans posing outside their homes; also with scenes in New Orleans, South Carolina, and Virginia. Albumen prints, each 5 7/8x8 inches (14.9x20.3 cm.), each with a caption, in ink, on the two-toned mount recto, as well as with the location and date, also in ink, in the same hand, on mount verso. 1886

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(AMERICAN TINTYPES) Group of 11 patriotic tintypes shot in different photographers' studios, with images of children holding the

Lot 14: (AMERICAN TINTYPES) Group of 11 patriotic tintypes shot in different photographers' studios, with images of children holding the

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Description: (AMERICAN TINTYPES) Group of 11 patriotic tintypes shot in different photographers' studios, with images of children holding the flag or playing Yankee Doodle Dandy, a studio portrait of a young dark-haired woman with a flag, and other seasonal displays in which folks are celebrating July 4th; one quarter-plate and 10 sixth-plates. 1870s-1880s

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(AMERICAN TINTYPES) Group of 9 fun photographs of cross-dressers

Lot 15: (AMERICAN TINTYPES) Group of 9 fun photographs of cross-dressers

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Description: (AMERICAN TINTYPES) Group of 9 fun photographs of cross-dressers comprising 8 of men and one of a female couple. Includes a guy wearing a summer dress and posing with a broom, a girl couple in which one of the woman's faces has been altered to fashion a beard, a man in a nightdress with his arm around a man in a dress with playing cards, a young boy in a long white beard, a trio in which a young man proudly displays his bare legs, a papa who has donned a woman's cloth hat identical to the one his infant daughter is sporting, a mustachioed dude in a long dark dress, and more; 2 are quarter-plates, 6 are sixth-plates and one is a ninth-plate. 1870s-1880s

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(AMERICAN TINTYPES) Group of 21 select male and female occupationals, including a sculptor, telegraph operator, sniper,

Lot 16: (AMERICAN TINTYPES) Group of 21 select male and female occupationals, including a sculptor, telegraph operator, sniper,

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Description: (AMERICAN TINTYPES) Group of 21 select male and female occupationals, including a sculptor, telegraph operator, sniper, newsie, upholsterer, plasterer, as well as tinsmiths, dishwashers, messengers, carpenters, and firemen; a laborer depicted with a caliper and a group of men with rope (?), as well as a maid and a seamstress; 5 are quarter-plates and 16 are sixth-plates. 1870s-1880s

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BRETZ, GEORGE M. (1842-1895) Laborers in the dingy coal mines of Pottsville, Pennsylvania,

Lot 17: BRETZ, GEORGE M. (1842-1895) Laborers in the dingy coal mines of Pottsville, Pennsylvania,

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Description: BRETZ, GEORGE M. (1842-1895) Laborers in the dingy coal mines of Pottsville, Pennsylvania, the gateway to the Anthracite Coal Mining Region and an exterior view of the mine. Together, 2 photographs. Albumen prints, each approximately 13x16 3/4 inches (33x42.6 cm), on period mounts, one with a numeric notation in the negative, and both with Bretz's faint hand stamp; in vintage frames. 1870s

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(AMERICAN OCCUPATIONAL) Fire Chief.

Lot 18: (AMERICAN OCCUPATIONAL) Fire Chief.

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Description: (AMERICAN OCCUPATIONAL) Fire Chief. Oversized albumen print, 13 1/2x10 3/8 inches (34.3x26.4 cm.), with corners trimmed to fit in an oval frame. Circa 1880

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WHITNEY & SON (active 1868-1917) Grocery store.

Lot 19: WHITNEY & SON (active 1868-1917) Grocery store.

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Description: WHITNEY & SON (active 1868-1917) Grocery store. Mammoth albumen print, 18 7/8x23 inches (47.9x58.4 cm.), on a period mount, with the copyright in the negative. Circa 1880

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(NEW YORK) Amateur photographer's album with 22 prints, including scenes of Manhattan and Central Park.

Lot 20: (NEW YORK) Amateur photographer's album with 22 prints, including scenes of Manhattan and Central Park.

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Description: (NEW YORK) Amateur photographer's album with 22 prints, including scenes of Manhattan and Central Park. A group enjoys an excursion on a boat shaped like a swan, plus views of City Hall, street laborers, a sideshow tent, well-dressed children, and a train ride up the Hudson, where a mill set in a pastoral landscape precedes two pictures of gushing waterfalls. Albumen prints, 3 3/4x4 3/4 inches (9.5x12.1 cm.), with the initials L.C.B. in plate #1. Square 8vo, cloth, rebound; with the original label. Late 1880s

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HALL, GEORGE P. & SON Metropolitan Museum of Art (now the

Lot 21: HALL, GEORGE P. & SON Metropolitan Museum of Art (now the "American Wing") * Empire Building.

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Description: HALL, GEORGE P. & SON Metropolitan Museum of Art (now the "American Wing") * Empire Building. Together, 2 architectural studies from turn-of-the-century New York City. Silver prints, each approximately 10 1/4x17 1/2 inches (26x44.5 cm.), and the reverse, flush mounted on linen, the second with Hall's credit, title, and date in the negative; both with one margin (at the left side and top edge) bearing punched holes. 1898 and 1899

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HALL, GEORGE P. & SON View of South Street, lower Manhattan, with clipper ships, ferry terminals and

Lot 22: HALL, GEORGE P. & SON View of South Street, lower Manhattan, with clipper ships, ferry terminals and

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Description: HALL, GEORGE P. & SON View of South Street, lower Manhattan, with clipper ships, ferry terminals and maritime workers posing for the camerman. Printing-out paper print, 13 1/2x16 1/4 inches (34.3x41.3 cm.), with Hall's credit on the original mount recto. 1880s

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(TYPOLOGICAL COLLAGE) Suite of 9 identical close-ups of an unidentified machine.

Lot 23: (TYPOLOGICAL COLLAGE) Suite of 9 identical close-ups of an unidentified machine.

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Description: (TYPOLOGICAL COLLAGE) Suite of 9 identical close-ups of an unidentified machine. Cyanotypes, each measures 9 1/2x7 3/4 inches (24.1x19.7 cm.), overall size 30x23 1/4 inches (76.2x59.1 cm.); tipped to the original mount; framed. 1890s

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(CYANOTYPES--WORLD'S FAIR) r.a. beck A select group of 13 cyanotypes by R. A. Beck, depicting Chicago preparing for the 1893 World's

Lot 24: (CYANOTYPES--WORLD'S FAIR) r.a. beck A select group of 13 cyanotypes by R. A. Beck, depicting Chicago preparing for the 1893 World's

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Description: (CYANOTYPES--WORLD'S FAIR) r.a. beck/span A select group of 13 cyanotypes by R. A. Beck, depicting Chicago preparing for the 1893 World's Fair Columbian Exposition. Cyanotypes, 7 3/8x9 3/8 inches (18.7x23.8 cm.), with locations and dates in the negative. 1892

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(SAULTE SAINTE MARIE, MICHIGAN) Early 20th-century album with 36 proto-modernist photographs depicting movable dams, flood gates, turbi

Lot 25: (SAULTE SAINTE MARIE, MICHIGAN) Early 20th-century album with 36 proto-modernist photographs depicting movable dams, flood gates, turbi

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Description: (SAULTE SAINTE MARIE, MICHIGAN) Early 20th-century album with 36 proto-modernist photographs depicting movable dams, flood gates, turbines, the power house, generators, and beautifully engineered structures in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, the Northern Gateway to Canada. The Sault is home to the world-famous Soo Locks, which connect Lake Superior and Lake Huron. Silver prints, 7 3/4x9 1/4 inches (18.4x23.5 cm.), each is linen backed, with a caption, inventory number, and date in the negative. Oblong 4to, suede, stained; contents tight. 1899-1902

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(VERNACULAR ARCHITECTURE) Group of nearly 90 photographs of specially-designed outbuildings with privies, outhouses,

Lot 26: (VERNACULAR ARCHITECTURE) Group of nearly 90 photographs of specially-designed outbuildings with privies, outhouses,

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Description: (VERNACULAR ARCHITECTURE) Group of nearly 90 photographs of specially-designed outbuildings with privies, outhouses, and public toilets. Silver prints, 3 1/4x5 1/2 inches (8.9x14 cm.), 39 are affixed to a printed mount labeled "Agreements or Leases Affecting Physical Property," 40 to mounts labled "General Index for Existing Structures," and 10 with a variant or no heading, but each with the location, the nearest railroad station, and classification of property, in ink, on recto. Circa 1918

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(CYANOTYPES/ENGINEERING) A selection of 63 spectacular cyanotypes documenting

Lot 27: (CYANOTYPES/ENGINEERING) A selection of 63 spectacular cyanotypes documenting

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Description: (CYANOTYPES/ENGINEERING) A selection of 63 spectacular cyanotypes documenting the construction of a vast trestle bridge in the southern French countryside near Carmaux, and comprising views of the day-by-day building of the foundations, trestles and spans, through the various seasons. Cyanotypes, approximately 8 3/4x11 1/4 inches (22.2x28.6 cm.), and the reverse, nearly all with dates, some by hand, in pencil or in ink, but more frequently in the negative, some also captioned in the negative, Société de Construction des Batignelles, and 2 with a caption, in pencil, in French, on verso; most with a strip of paper mounted to the top of the print verso. 1899-1902

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(VERNACULAR TROLLEYS) Group of 3 albums containing more than 400 photographs of trains and trolleys in

Lot 28: (VERNACULAR TROLLEYS) Group of 3 albums containing more than 400 photographs of trains and trolleys in

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Description: (VERNACULAR TROLLEYS) Group of 3 albums containing more than 400 photographs of trains and trolleys in specific locales in the U.S., Europe and Asia, including 1. Eastern Michigan and Indiana and 2. Northeastern US; in addition to 3. New South Wales, Brussels, France (Dunkirk, Valence), Germany, Hong Kong and Calcutta. The first American album contains 150 photographs, the second American album 165 prints, and the third miscellaneous album more than 80; the first two with maps isolating the geographical regions in albums. Silver prints, various sizes from 2x4 to 3x5 inches (5.1x10.2 to 7.6x12.7 cm.), the prints are inserted into corners; with handwritten notations on prints verso and many of the pages. Oblong leatherette, twin-screw binding on two and ties on the third. 1930s

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(SAN FRANCISCO) Dedication album belonging to Hon. Henry C. Loudenslager depicting San Francisco's proposed site for the Panama-Pacifi

Lot 29: (SAN FRANCISCO) Dedication album belonging to Hon. Henry C. Loudenslager depicting San Francisco's proposed site for the Panama-Pacifi

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Description: (SAN FRANCISCO) Dedication album belonging to Hon. Henry C. Loudenslager depicting San Francisco's proposed site for the Panama-Pacific Exposition, with 25 photographs by H.C. Tibbits. The purpose of the album was to pitch S.F. as the the ideal location for the world's fair by showing how the city had bounced back after the devastating earthquake of 1906. The introductory text mentions hotels that are "second to none," a "winter climate that is unrivaled," and reclamation projects that will be "side-shows for travelers." With 14 depicting the metropolis' busy downtown area, fashionable café and theatre districts, its big business and banking buildings, colorful Chinatown, Golden Gate Park, plus the handsomely designed Hotel St. Francis and Hotel Fairmont, and 11 of locales outside of the city, such as Mt. Tamalpais and Yosemite Valley. Platinum and/or silver prints, 6x8 inches (15.2x20.3 cm.), each with a printed caption below the image area. 4to, gilt-lettered morocco, worn and chipped; contents clean and bright. Circa 1911

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(X-RAYS) A selection of 8 diverse x-rays of the human body, including 6 of French origin and 2 of English.

Lot 30: (X-RAYS) A selection of 8 diverse x-rays of the human body, including 6 of French origin and 2 of English.

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Description: (X-RAYS) A selection of 8 diverse x-rays of the human body, including 6 of French origin and 2 of English. The smaller (French) silver prints each approximately 4 1/2x6 1/2 inches (11.4x16.5 cm.), and the reverse, all but one with a combination of a notation or number in the negative, a caption, in French, and a hand stamp on recto or verso, as well as 2 with an arrow, in ink, designating the condition of the bone, one is mounted with notations, in ink, below the image; 2 larger silver prints measuring 9x10 3/4 and 9 5/8x11 1/4 inches (22.9x27.3 and 24.4x29.8 cm.), mounted. 1900-1910

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(SPIRITUALISM) Group of 5 British photographs depicting

Lot 31: (SPIRITUALISM) Group of 5 British photographs depicting

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Description: (SPIRITUALISM) Group of 5 British photographs depicting spirits appearing before an impervious bearded man. Albumen prints, 5 1/2x4 inches (14x10.2 cm.), on the original mounts, with a "Photographs of the Invisible" caption label on mount verso; Richard Boursnell and J. Evans Sterling (two London Spiritualists) were the photographers. 1895-1896

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(SPIRITUALISM) Group of 10 cartes-de-visite of the famous Victorian-era British medium Georgiana Houghton

Lot 32: (SPIRITUALISM) Group of 10 cartes-de-visite of the famous Victorian-era British medium Georgiana Houghton

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Description: (SPIRITUALISM) Group of 10 cartes-de-visite of the famous Victorian-era British medium Georgiana Houghton by Frederick Hudson. Albumen prints, each with Houghton's copious handwritten observations, in ink, on mount verso. 1875-1876

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(SPIRITUALISM) Group of 8 photographs of séances in which all sorts of spirits and ectoplasm

Lot 33: (SPIRITUALISM) Group of 8 photographs of séances in which all sorts of spirits and ectoplasm

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Description: (SPIRITUALISM) Group of 8 photographs of séances in which all sorts of spirits and ectoplasm make an appearance; includes a picture of automatic writing. Silver prints, vaious sizes from 1x7 1/2 to 2x3 1/4 to 3x3 1/2 inches (2.5x191 to 5.1x8.3 to 7.6x8.9 cm.). 1930s

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(HUMOR) Period album containing 38 playful images, comprising 4 cartes-de-visite, one tintype and 34

Lot 34: (HUMOR) Period album containing 38 playful images, comprising 4 cartes-de-visite, one tintype and 34

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Description: (HUMOR) Period album containing 38 playful images, comprising 4 cartes-de-visite, one tintype and 34 c-d-v-size drawings, pen-and-ink illustrations or prints enhanced with ink, featuring a cast of humorous characters, including 9-year old Humphrey, Humphrey's stern Italian nurse, 6-year old Meta, Humphrey's brother, Cousin Rubicon, Aunt Cuspidora, Miss Take, Miss Mezzanine, and others; the photographs have hand-drawn elements that shift gender, alter hairstyles and essentially play with representational elements of the photographic portrait. The tintype depicts a handsome young man with a twinkle in his eye, lightly rouged cheeks and unusually long hair (which was added, with ink). Small 4to, hand-tooled gilt-pictorial morocco, worn; brass clasp. 1860s

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(AUTOGRAPH ALBUMS) American student's souvenir album with more than 50 classmates' photographs,

Lot 35: (AUTOGRAPH ALBUMS) American student's souvenir album with more than 50 classmates' photographs,

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Description: (AUTOGRAPH ALBUMS) American student's souvenir album with more than 50 classmates' photographs, many with charming Victorian sentiments. Gem-size oval albumen prints and one tintype, each approximately one inch (2.5 cm.) in diameter. 8vo, dark green morocco, backstrip partially detached; several pages loose. 1862-1863

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(STEREO VIEWS) Nineteenth-century American scrapbook compiled by the Elwood Brothers, with 147 numbered pages that are filled

Lot 36: (STEREO VIEWS) Nineteenth-century American scrapbook compiled by the Elwood Brothers, with 147 numbered pages that are filled

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Description: (STEREO VIEWS) Nineteenth-century American scrapbook compiled by the Elwood Brothers, with 147 numbered pages that are filled with period ephemera. The album, which chronicles their unusual range of interests and trips west, opens with newspaper clippings about the survivors aboard the "good ship U.S. Grant" and includes a host of newspaper items pertaining to cultural news in Europe and the U.S., as well as handwritten lists (of the 9 muses), pictures of "the prisoner's seat" and "the garrote," obits, a poem about a mother-in-law, a "soliloquy" from a chick who has just emerged from its shell, and a newspaper account that reads "The Wonderful Experiments of a French Physician He Rescuscitates a Body but Fails to Bring Back the Spirit," and much more reading for the polymath. The 23 half stereo views, albumen prints, most approximately 3 1/2x3 inches (8.9x7.6 cm.), are by assorted photographers and include scenes of Denver, Colorado City, Pike's Peak, Lake Michigan, Chicago, St. Louis, Cleveland, Niagara Falls, Rochester, and Boston; each is annotated. Small folio, 1/4 morocco, worn; front hinge cracked. 1874-1877

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(THEATRICAL) Personal scrapbook-cum-album associated with the French theatrical photographer Clement-Just, with

Lot 37: (THEATRICAL) Personal scrapbook-cum-album associated with the French theatrical photographer Clement-Just, with

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Description: (THEATRICAL) Personal scrapbook-cum-album associated with the French theatrical photographer Clement-Just, with 17 medium-format photographs of actors performing their roles for the camera, plus 3 cabinet card and 4 cartes-de-visite, as well as a host of prints and drawings, newspaper and magazine clippings, and related ephemera linked to leading lights of the French theatre; three of the portraits may be the work of either Nadar or Mayer & Pierson (the salted paper prints). Albumen (14) and salted paper (3) prints, 12x7 inches (30.5x17.8 cm.), a few with Just's signature on recto. Oblong folio, backstrip perished, worn; contents detached. Late 1870s

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ELLIOTT & FRY An unusual sample book issued by

Lot 38: ELLIOTT & FRY An unusual sample book issued by

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Description: ELLIOTT & FRY An unusual sample book issued by the photographers Elliott and Fry (of London), with composites of the studio's portrait work of famous men and women of arts and letters. Includes royal figures Empress Eugenie and Don Carlos, plus Trollope, Foster, Ruskin, Browning, Tennyson, Carlyle, Swinburn, Emerson, Wagner, stars of the stage who worked with Gilbert and Sullivan, and more. With approximately 1300 tiny thumbnail examples on 28 mounts. Albumen prints, overall size 7 1/2x5 inches (19.1x12.7 cm.), each with an inventory number in the plate. Small 4to, cloth; edgewear; several leaves detached; all edges gilt. Circa 1880

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(AMERICAN VICTORIANA) Victorian-era album with more than 100 photographs of an extended family

Lot 39: (AMERICAN VICTORIANA) Victorian-era album with more than 100 photographs of an extended family

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Description: (AMERICAN VICTORIANA) Victorian-era album with more than 100 photographs of an extended family (the Barretts, Brewers, and Blackmans) and their very privileged lifestyle, with handsome group portraits of family members, and fun images of their pudgy pug, gleaming horses, and hard-working farm animals. The pictures were shot in the summer and winter, and record occasions where members of this big family gathered and posed. There are happy children, young women in long white dresses, and men sporting plenty of facial hair. Their well-loved animals, including the thoroughbreds, each have a proper name: meet Dixie, Caesar, Erie, Paul, Gypsy, Dan, and Victor; the 18-month old bull is identified as Snippit. Albumen prints, each is 4 1/2x6 inches (11.4x15.2 cm.), many with notations, in pencil, below the print. Folio, cloth, backstrip perished, front cover nearly detached; the prints are uniformly very rich. 1885-1886

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(WATER SYSTEM--WEST BOYLSTON, MASSACHUSETTS) Album depicting the picturesque town of West Boylston, MA

Lot 40: (WATER SYSTEM--WEST BOYLSTON, MASSACHUSETTS) Album depicting the picturesque town of West Boylston, MA "as the town appeared before the

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Description: (WATER SYSTEM--WEST BOYLSTON, MASSACHUSETTS) Album depicting the picturesque town of West Boylston, MA "as the town appeared before the occupation of the metropolitan water works system." A comprehensive visual record of 100 photographs depicting this charming hamlet before the reservoir system was installed (in 1905) and irrevocably changed the town. With a host of images of this lovely setting (with topographic scenes of the mountains in the distance), beautiful waterways with stone bridges, stately residences of notable townspeople, street scenes, the Worcester County Training School and other institutions (including the Congregationalist and Baptist Churches, Odd Fellows Hall, and the local high school), and winter and summer scenes of people at play. Silver prints, 4 3/4x6 3/4 inches (12.1x17.1 cm.), each with a handwritten caption, in black ink, below the photograph. Small 4to, leatherette, worn; contents clean. Circa 1900

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(ARTIST'S ALBUM) A gem of an album containing 50 poetic photographs taken by (or related to) a male

Lot 41: (ARTIST'S ALBUM) A gem of an album containing 50 poetic photographs taken by (or related to) a male

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Description: (ARTIST'S ALBUM) A gem of an album containing 50 poetic photographs taken by (or related to) a male artist, who appears to have specialized in architectural ornamentation. Included are snapshots depicting figures and buildings from different vantage points, views of his studio (with multiple drawings pinned to the wall), a cyanotype of a classroom, the besmocked artist in front of an easel, scenes of an unidentified woman, kittens, and celebratory family images. Silver (96), printing-out paper (2), platinum (one) and cyanotye (one) prints, most measure about 4x2 3/4 inches (10.2x7 cm.), with a final (larger) platinum print of breaking waves. 8vo, leatherette, joints starting; one leaf detached. Circa 1900

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(VERNACULAR SUMMER) Album containing 28 artful photographs, by an extremely talented American photographer who creatively recorded

Lot 42: (VERNACULAR SUMMER) Album containing 28 artful photographs, by an extremely talented American photographer who creatively recorded

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Description: (VERNACULAR SUMMER) Album containing 28 artful photographs, by an extremely talented American photographer who creatively recorded four sisters' (or friends') special vacation moments in the South. The pictures depict period bathing costumes, fashionably attired women in long white dresses and picture hats, male and female friends playing with a dog on the beach, the ladies enjoying a buggy ride (which is lead by an African-American child and drawn by an ox), friends eating watermelon, and a series of pictures of the distaff trio "grooming" a man, who's lying in a barber's chair, with a knife, broom and pencil. Matte surface silver prints, 3x4 inches. Small oblong 4to, cloth; ties. Circa 1905

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(NEW ENGLAND) A lovely album with 44 rich, crisp cyanotypes of Vermont, New Hampshire, and the Connecticut River,

Lot 43: (NEW ENGLAND) A lovely album with 44 rich, crisp cyanotypes of Vermont, New Hampshire, and the Connecticut River,

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Description: (NEW ENGLAND) A lovely album with 44 rich, crisp cyanotypes of Vermont, New Hampshire, and the Connecticut River, including Rudyard Kipling's homestead in Vermont, forested landscapes, several scenes of Chester (including two views of a visit from President McKinley), views of Brattleboro, two scenes depicting "Spanish prisoners" on Seavey's Island in New Hampshire, picturesque views of stately homes, some studies of children and family groups, the Isle of Shoals (also in New Hampshire), and a winter landscape scene including a train and its plume of smoke. Cyanotypes, 18 are circular with a diameter of 3 1/4 inches (8.3 cm.), and the rest 3 1/2x4 1/2 inches (8.9x11.4 cm.), and smaller, and the reverse, each with a carefully written caption, in pencil, on mount recto. Oblong 16mo, gilt-lettered cloth, slightly soiled. 1897-1898

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(MASSACHUSETTS CYANOTYPES) Album with approximately 200 charming cyanotype snapshots,

Lot 44: (MASSACHUSETTS CYANOTYPES) Album with approximately 200 charming cyanotype snapshots,

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Description: (MASSACHUSETTS CYANOTYPES) Album with approximately 200 charming cyanotype snapshots, including numerous views of family and friends sporting in the warmer months in Eastern Massachusetts towns and along the coastline, as well as New York Harbor and Coney Island. The subjects enjoy sailing and canoeing, and include affectionate portraits of friends, Harvard baseball, and excursions. The towns depicted include Lexington, Concord, Gloucester, Hyannis Port, Boston, what seems to be some views of Connecticut, and possibly Princeton; also including dogs, children, picnics, and self-portraits (?). Cyanotypes, various sizes from 3 1/2x2 1/4 inches (8.9x5.7 cm.), and smaller, some cornered onto numbered album pages and some glued, most with a caption, in ink. Small oblong 8vo, red gilt-lettered cloth with twin-bolt binding; one leaf detached. 1899

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(BOSTON) Album with 63 cyanotypes depicting gardens, parks, and the harbor in greater Boston,

Lot 45: (BOSTON) Album with 63 cyanotypes depicting gardens, parks, and the harbor in greater Boston,

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Description: (BOSTON) Album with 63 cyanotypes depicting gardens, parks, and the harbor in greater Boston, including Olmsted Park, Marine Park, Franklin Park, and Arnold Arboretum; primarily summery bucolic landscapes with lakes, stately trees, sheep, architecture, river ways, and sailboats in the harbor, but also including a few winter scenes and 6 images with crowds of well-dressed visitors enjoying the lawns and a beach (including tennis nets, a gymnasium, and children at the edge of the ocean). Cyanotypes, sizes ranging from 3 1/4x4 3/8 to 7 1/2x9 1/4 inches (8.3x11.1 to 19.1x23.5 cm.), and the reverse; many prints with a stamped number in the upper or lower right corner, and each with the same number and a descriptive caption as well as many with a date, in ink, on the mounts below the image; many leaves detached as well as pages where the images have been removed; includes 3 unmounted prints. Oblong 4to, gilt-lettered leather, cover detached and spine perished. 1900-1905

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(MIDWEST ALBUM) Charming album with 133 cyanotypes, each carefully cropped, curated, and laid onto the page,

Lot 46: (MIDWEST ALBUM) Charming album with 133 cyanotypes, each carefully cropped, curated, and laid onto the page,

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Description: (MIDWEST ALBUM) Charming album with 133 cyanotypes, each carefully cropped, curated, and laid onto the page, including portraits, friends at play, landscapes, views of small cities, lake outings, children, and sublime landscapes. Many quite artful, including abstract croppings, men with cameras on bicycles, the photographer's shadow, variant perspectives, and chatty captions, perhaps photographed in Michigan and Ohio. Cyanotypes, some 4x3 inches (10.2x7.6 cm.), but most much smaller, and the reverse, with captions, in ink, on mount recto. Oblong 16mo, cloth, slightly worn; the owner's name inscribed inside the front cover. 1900-1904

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(NEW ENGLAND CYANOTYPES) Pair of colorful New England albums. The first is entitled

Lot 47: (NEW ENGLAND CYANOTYPES) Pair of colorful New England albums. The first is entitled "New Bedford," with 5

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Description: (NEW ENGLAND CYANOTYPES) Pair of colorful New England albums. The first is entitled "New Bedford," with 5 charming cyanotypes depicting schooners parked at the wharf, stately stone buildings, and tree-lined streets. The second album depicts Smith College, with more than 160 photographs, comprising 30 lyrical pastoral cyanotypes of the campus, co-educational recreational activities, cross dressers, and "female friendship," as well as a man's trip throughout the United States. Cyanotypes (total of 35) and silver prints (130), 4 3/4x6 3/4 inches (12.1x17.1 cm.), and smaller, the first with handwritten captions below the images. Oblong small 4tos, calligraphic cloth and gilt-lettered cloth; the first with ties. Circa 1900

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(CORNELL UNIVERSITY AND ITHACA, NEW YORK) Slice-of-life snapshot album with more than 650 photographs that span a few years,

Lot 48: (CORNELL UNIVERSITY AND ITHACA, NEW YORK) Slice-of-life snapshot album with more than 650 photographs that span a few years,

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Description: (CORNELL UNIVERSITY AND ITHACA, NEW YORK) Slice-of-life snapshot album with more than 650 photographs that span a few years, comprising 550 cyanotypes artfully arranged on pages. Includes the photographer at work, students enjoying college life (with the first picture of a "co-ed crew"), the beautiful natural landscape of gorge-ous Ithaca, and multiple scenes of campus buildings. Plus pictures of family life in a village and on a farm, interior views of domestic environments, and numerous trips (including Lake George, Sylvan Beach, Ft. Ticonderoga and Chenango Lake). Cyanotypes and silver prints, various sizes from 4x3 inches (10.2x7.6 cm.), and smaller, many with handwritten notations on the mounts. Oblong 4to, cloth, edgewear; contents bright. 1898-1905

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(IOWA CITY COLLEGE) Handsome cyanotype album compiled and, apparently, photographed, by Harry A. Little, Class of '08,

Lot 49: (IOWA CITY COLLEGE) Handsome cyanotype album compiled and, apparently, photographed, by Harry A. Little, Class of '08,

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Description: (IOWA CITY COLLEGE) Handsome cyanotype album compiled and, apparently, photographed, by Harry A. Little, Class of '08, with more than 105 photographs arranged in two parts: the first features 39 cyanotypes of the campus and surroundings of Iowa City College, "the Athens of Iowa." The pictures are sequenced in such a way that the viewer is introduced to the site: a view of the church, Central Hall, and Engineering Hall open the narrative. We "approach" the campus from railroad tracks, to barns. From there the Creamery, Greenhouse, Agricultural Hall, Margaret Hall and the Library are in close proximity. Class and dorm room pics are shown as well as "an excursion day" parade with loads of students amidst horsedrawn carriages; later photographs depict seasonal changes in the campus, with the final image ("The End") of a large tent and graduation(?) festivities. The second half of the album concentrates on Little's family (including cyanotypes of a child's wedding); a group portrait of former students "twenty years after" and a wonderful theatrical image, which concludes the album. Cyanotypes (42), 5x7 inches (12.7x17.8 cm.), and smaller, and silver prints (70), various sizes from 4x3 inches (10.2x7.6 cm.), and smaller, several with handwritten notations on the album page. 4to, leatherette; soiled; joints starting. 1904-1928

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(ROAD TRIP) Album depicting a fun and busy American-style road trip that Prizza E. Levey (sp?) and his family took

Lot 50: (ROAD TRIP) Album depicting a fun and busy American-style road trip that Prizza E. Levey (sp?) and his family took

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Description: (ROAD TRIP) Album depicting a fun and busy American-style road trip that Prizza E. Levey (sp?) and his family took from Ludlow, Vermont out West, with 185 photographs. The album has a diaristic feel since many of the pages contain his handwritten notations, in white ink, with details about the excursion. Included is a two-part panorama of El Tovar by the Detroit Photographic Co., cowboys and steers, snaps of Native figures in the Grand Canyon, a view of Fremont and Party by Avdelotte, scenes of Levey and his family enjoying excursions into the desert and pictures of the natural landscape and vegetation in California and the Southwest. Silver prints, various sizes, most are 4x3 inches (10.2x7.6 cm.). Oblong 4to, suede, with unusual pyrograph cover. 1904

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