Ca. 1900. Oblong Folio (ca. 29x39,5 cm). 25 card stock leaves (four blank). With 73 mounted original gelatin silver photographs, including two large group portraits ca. 15,5x20,5 cm (6x8 in); 22 large photos ca. 12x17 cm (4 ¾ x 6 ¾ in) or slightly smaller; 48 photos ca. 9x11,5 cm (3 ½ x 4 ½ in), and one small photo ca. 8x8 cm (3x3 in). A couple of photos numbered in negative. Additionally, 63 photos by Winfield Scott, ca. 11,5x19,5 cm (4 ½ x 7 ½ in), each numbered, captioned and signed “Scott” in negative. Also with two printed views signed by Nicolas Tengg, ca. 9,5x7,5 cm (3 ¾ x 3 in). Over ninety photos with period ink manuscript captions in English on the mounts. Period dark brown morocco boards, neatly rebacked with dark brown morocco; moire endpapers. Green paper label of “The Heinn Company, Milwaukee” on the inner side of the rear board. A few images mildly faded, but overall a very good album of strong interesting images.
An attractive collection of large well-preserved gelatin silver photos taken or collected by an American tourist who travelled across Mexico by railway in the early 1900s. The album includes two large group portraits showing a group of Americans at the “Gate’s party at Cordoba, March 4, 1904” and a similar party posing at the Sumidero Cascade. Original snapshot photographs depict Monterrey (depot, cathedral, several street views), San Luis Potosi (cathedral), Tamasopo (“hut in mountains,” “section house,” valley of the Tamasopo River), Guanajuato (birds’-eye view of the city, “street to catacombs,” “Home in Guanajuato” “huts in mountains, Guanajuato”), the tree of “La Noche Trieste” or “Cortez tree” in the Mexico City, Chapultepec (president’s summer house, city park), Tampico (a patio, market house, “scene on road to Tampico”), Mt. Orizaba, Puebla (cathedral), Guadalajara (city park, loading turkeys and oranges at the train station), “hut in mountains near Zacatecas,” “shipping at Lake Chapala,” “going to ruins, Tepozteco,” Cuernavaca (cathedral, the Borda Garden, city market), Zacatecas (cathedral), “natives in Mountains at Parque,” “Mr. Jones oiling engine Ft. Worth, Tex.,” Tlazcala (interior of the cathedral, bull ring, “avenue to Cathedral,” a street), five images of the American party visiting the “Grand Canyon” (Copper Canyon), and others. Some of the names of the American tourists are listed (Mrs. Hawley, Mrs. Moli, Miss Reber, Jones, Smith, Mr. Donnell). One of the snapshot photos portrays a noted American doctor and the founder of the Mayo Clinic (Rochester, Minnesota) William Worrall Mayo (1819-1911), apparently taken during his visit to Mexico.
The album houses 63 large photos of Mexican cities, landscapes, railway tracks and people signed by a noted Mexican photographer of American origin Winfield Scott. He lived in Mexico with occasional breaks from 1895 to 1924 and is known for the series of Mexican views and portraits of the local people taken to promote the areas along the tracks of the Mexican Central and Mexican National Railways. The photos in the album show Monterrey (Tooth Mountain), Tampico (street, city market taken from the Panuco River), River Choy Cave, Tamasopo railway station and canyon, Cafetal, San Luis Potosi (birds-eye view, irrigation construction in the vicinity), Silao (crockery market, “thieves market”, Mexican Central Railway station), Guanajuato (street view, the Juarez Theatre, two photos of the mummies at the Pantheon), Queretaro (interior of the Santa Rosa cathedral, aqueduct), Orizaba, Popocatepetl and Iztaccihuatl volcanoes, Mexico City (boats on the Viga Canal, Guadalupe Basilica, Metropolitan Cathedral, Iturbide Hotel, National Palace), Chapultepec (President’s summer house), Puebla (cathedral), Cholula (Great Pyramid and Our Lady of Remedies Church), Patzcuaro town and lake, Bells of Tzintzuntzan, Guadalajara (street), and others. Portraits of the local people show girls “gathering sap for pulque,” workers “breaking [silver] ore” of silver in Guanajuato, native family from near Guanajuato, boys “carrying wood to market,” men working on an irrigation wheel near Irapuato, a female hat seller, a girl “making clay braseros,” a mat seller, an “Indian girl,” women and girls making tortillas, children selling charcoal, men making washtubs, girls looking for flees in each other’s heads, girl sweeping the floor, women washing clothes, etc. There are also photos of donkeys loaded with pottery, sugar cane, or carrying “pulque in pigskin,” views of growth of the Organ Pipe Cactus, the carriage of Emperor Maximilian I, etc. Overall a nice collection of lively attractive photos showing life in Mexico not long before the beginning of the Mexican Revolution (1910-20).
Price: $6,500.00 USD