Ca. 1890s-1910s. 63 loose original photos (thirty albumen, the rest are gelatin silver), including twenty-nine large photos by Alfred Tattersall, from ca. 20x25 cm (7 ¾ x 9 ¾ in) to ca. 16,5x21,5 cm (6 ½ x 8 ½ in); all but one photo with Tattersall’s ink stamps on verso (over a dozen also dated). With twenty albumen photos by John Davis, ca. 16 to 18,5 x 23,5 cm (6 ¼ to 7 ¼ x 9 ¼ in), all but two photos with blind stamps “J. Davis Photo, Samoa” in the left lower corners. The other photos are from ca. 16x22 cm (6 ¼ x 8 ¾ in) to ca. 10,5x13 cm (4x5 in); two photos captioned and signed in negative by Thomas Andrew, one photo with a blind stamp “A. Schultz” in the left lower corner. All but half a dozen photos of the entire collection with period manuscript pencil or ink captions in German on verso, one photo with a paper label and a typewritten caption on the lower margin; six photos with ink stamps “K. Hanssen” or “Karl C.A. Hanssen, Hamburg 13, Rothenbaumchussee 71”, and two photos with the ink stamps of “Deutsche Handels- & Plantagen Gesellschaft der Südsee-Inseln zu Hamburg” on verso. A couple of photos with mild creases and small tears on extremities (neatly repaired), a couple with minor loss of corners, a couple of images mildly faded, but overall a very good collection of strong interesting images.
Historically important extensive collection of well-preserved large photos of Samoa, collected by Karl Hanssen (d. 1942), the manager of the “Deutsche Handels- & Plantagen Gesellschaft der Südsee-Inseln” (DHPG) - the influential Hamburg-owned copra producer from Samoa which owned the majority of the cultivated lands on the islands with the main plantations in Vaitele, Vailele and Mulifanua, and a small plantation of the cocoanuts. The successor of the Hamburg trade company “Johann Cesar Godeffroy & Son” (since 1880), DHPG played an active part in pushing German interests in the region and influenced the decision of the acquisition of western Samoa by the German Empire in 1899. Karl Hanssen arrived in Samoa in the 1890s, and in 1906 became the general manager of DHPG with the headquarters in Apia. After the occupation of the colony by New Zealand in 1914, Hanssen was interned for several years and returned to Germany after the end of WW1. His memories and diaries about the war years have been recently published (Karl Hanssen’s Samoan War Diaries, August 1914 – May 1915: a German perspective on New Zealand’s military occupation of German Samoa/ Ed. J.N. Bade. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 2011; Karl Hanssen’s Memoirs of his Wartime Experiences in Samoa and New Zealand, 1915-1916/ Ed. J.N. Bade. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 2016).
Our collection includes twenty-nine large images taken by the renowned photographer of Samoa Alfred Tattersall before and after the occupation of the islands by New Zealand. The German-era photos show an Apia street with the DHPG headquarters, DHPG copra warehouse and workshop (visible fire buckets with the signs “D.H.P.G.,” a sign on the wall “Rauchen verboten/ Smoking not allowed”); Sapapali’i village (Savaii) and a plantation alley (the two latter photos with the ink stamps “Deutsche Handels- & Plantagen Gesellschaft der Südsee-Inseln zu Hamburg” on verso); five scenes of official ceremonies and gatherings, featuring German authorities (including the last governor of German Samoa Erich Bernhard Theodor Schultz-Ewerth), residents, and naval officers; Apia harbour with the naval ships and the wrecks of the ships perished in the 1889 Apia cyclone; German hospital, and two photos of the underwater volcanic eruption on Savaii.
Eleven of Tattersall’s photos document the occupation of Samoa by New Zealand troops on August 29-30, 1914. The photos show New Zealand and Australian naval ships in the Apia harbour, the arrival of the delegation with the summons to surrender, the landing of the troops in Matautu, soldiers waiting for the command to advance on Apia, their march down Apia streets, and hoisting the Union Jack on the Apia courthouse. The New Zealand-era photos show an Apia street with the stores of “A. Nelson & Son” and “Krause & Preuss”, two photos of a memorial ceremony held at the monument to the fallen in WW1, and a view of the grave of Peter Rasmussen (1842-1917) with a period ink inscription on verso “Mr. K. Hanssen in kind remembrence [sic!] of Peter Rasmussen.”
Twenty photos taken by John Davis include views of an Apia street with the DHPG office, DHPG copra processing facility, portraits of two German administrators posing on the DHPG plantation in Cape Fatuosofia, native workers and a German administrator at a coconut plantation in Vailele, Vaisigano River, native boats in the Apia harbour, Apia street in 1900, Apia in 1895 with the buildings destructed after the 1889 cyclone, wrecks of several ships in the Apia harbour after the 1889 cyclone (USS “Trenton,” USS “Vandalia,” SMS “Olga”), Villa Vailima, “Old Mulinu’u” near Apia, Samoan villages and fale houses, waterfalls, portraits of Samoan warriors, families, workers, a scene of Samoan public gathering, etc.
Other photos show a scene of “Reopening Supreme Court, Jan. 4, 99,” “Samoan fisherwomen” (both by Thomas Andrew), Mulinuu peninsula and village, Mulinuu coconut plantation, plantation grounds on Upolu, group portraits of German residents at a picnic at Lake Lanoto’o, posing on a veranda of a private house (“Hr. Kaumann,” “Hr. Riedel,” and “Hr. König”), with plantation workers, portraits of Samoan King Susuga Malietoa Tanumafili I (1879-1939), the last governor of German Samoa Erich Bernhard Theodor Schultz-Ewerth (1870-1935), etc.
Overall a historically important collection of large well-preserved photos of Samoa from the estate of the manager of one of the most influential private companies of German Samoa.
Price: $6,500.00 USD