Ca. 1910s. Oblong Quarto (ca. 21x29 cm). 49 stock album leaves. With 154 original gelatin silver photographs, including 131 larger photos ca. 7x12,5 cm (2 ¾ x 4 ¾ in), and 23 smaller photos, ca. 4x6 cm (1 ½ x 2 ¼ in). About fifty photos numbered in negative, five photos captioned in negative. Period black cloth album by the “J.L. Hanson Co., Chicago” (paper label inside the back cover); leaves fastened with a string; gilt lettered title “Photographs” on the front board. A couple of images slightly faded, one photo has been detached from the mount and replaced with another one, loosely inserted; one leaf with a minor tear on the right margin, one leaf with the right half cut off, but overall a very good album.
Lively album with an extensive collection of original photos depicting life on the American Cavite Navy Yard in the Manila Bay in the 1910s. Interesting photos show naval facilities and docks with submarines and ships in the bay, barracks, piers 6 & 7, American Cavite Cabaret; two aerial views of the naval yard feature the steel radio antenna towers erected in 1915. Several photos portray American sailors posing either in front of the naval facilities, or old Spanish guns or even with human skulls; one group portrait shows a baseball team wearing the U.S.M.C. uniform. There are also interesting views of Cavite City, showing the monument to the “Thirteen Martyrs of Cavite” (erected in 1906 at the head of the San Roque causeway), the cemetery, the port docks, the “Yamaco [?] Bazaar” shop, a “Carroceria” (mechanic workshop), a steam engine and train cars at a railway station (possibly, in the Cavite city), etc. Numerous portraits of the Filipino people show members of a brass band marching down the street, boys in front of a building decorated with the American flags, kids in front of the “Erlanger & Gallinger’s” “machinery department,” rickshaw carriages, oxen- and goat-driven carts, street carriers, cloth washer, port workers, girls, etc. One photo depicts a motor car decorated with large floral wreaths (possibly, during the 4th of July celebrations). There are also views of Filipino villages, houses with thatched roofs, outrigger boats, etc. The captioned photos show the “Paceo Park,” “Entrance to Navy yard,” “Old Spanish Guns,” “Monument of the 13 Filipino Martyrs,” and “Porta Vaga Church,” all in the Cavite City. Overall, an attractive collection of original photos from the early years of the Cavite Naval Yard.
Price: $1,850.00 USD