Rio de Janeiro: ca. 1920s. Oblong large Quarto (ca. 25x32,5 cm). 30 stock album leaves. With 33 gelatin silver photographs (three loosely inserted, the rest - mounted), ca. 16x22 cm (6 ½ x 8 ½ in). Twenty-two photos numbered, captioned and signed in negative “Photo Bippus;” nine photos numbered in negative and most are with ink stamps of “Photo Technico W. Kollien” on versos; one photo with a blind stamp “Photo Atelier Edith” in the right lower corner. All but two photos with ink stamps of “Papelaria Rio Branco, Viuva Jose Dos Santos Affonso” on versos. Period brown pebbled cloth album fastened with a string; gilt lettered title on the front board. Album slightly rubbed on extremities, but overall in very good condition with sharp strong photos.
Interesting collection of large gelatin silver views of Rio de Janeiro, showing the city's golden days marked by the Independence Centenary International Exposition (September 1922 – March 1923) which commemorated the 100th anniversary of Brazil’s independence. The construction of the world-famous Gloria and Copacabana Palace Hotels in 1922 and 1924 brought the then Brazilian capital the image of a “romantic, exotic destination for Hollywood celebrities and international high-society people who came to play and gamble at the casinos and dance or perform in the nightclubs” (Lonely Planet).
The photos taken by the local studios of Carlos Bippus and Thiele-Kollien present Rio as a picturesque, modern and vibrant city with well-designed neigbourhoods, newly-built promenades, historical architecture and iconic landmarks. The images include several general panoramas featuring Guanabara Bay and Sugarloaf Mountain, Botafogo, Santa Teresa, and Copacabana neighbourhoods (the latter with some nice night views); street views with the Theatro Municipal, Palacio Pedro Ernesto (Municipal Chamber of Rio de Janeiro); photos of Avenida Rio Branco, Praça XV de Novembro, the church of Immaculate Conception in Botafogo, Canal do Mangue, the outdoor terraces of the National Museum, Avenida Niemeyer, Ipanema beach, the Sugar Loaf cable car (built in 1912), Crepusculo na Gavea, Corvocado Mountain, Praia do Flamenco and others. The photos were in the stock of a local photo studio and stationery shop, “Papelaria Rio Branco” (fl. ca. 1920-1930s.) Overall, an attractive album with large bright views of Rio de Janeiro and its world-famous Zona Sul in the 1920s.
Price: $1,500.00 USD