Ca. early 1900s. Oblong Folio (ca. 26x35 cm). 12 card stock leaves. With 67 original gelatin silver photographs, including ten loosely inserted, the majority are ca. 7x12,5 cm (2 ¾ x 4 ¾ in) and slightly smaller. All mounted photos numbered in pencil on the mounts, one photo with a period pencil caption “After Soapy Smith’s death, Skagway” on the mount; loose photos have pencil numbers on versos, but no captions. Period olive green full cloth album fastened with a string; gilt-lettered title “Photographs” on the front board. Several imaged mildly faded or with mild silvering, one photo with a loss of a corner, one photo with mild chipping off the surface of the image, but overall a very good album with interesting unusual photos.
Nice collection of lively snapshots documenting a journey to Alaska during the Nome Gold Rush (ca. 1899-1909). According to the known provenance of the album, the compiler was a doctor or dentist from Seattle who travelled to Alaska in the early 1900s – first to Skagway, then by White Pass and Yukon Railway to Dawson City, and then by steamer down the Yukon River to Nome. Interesting photos show Skagway - H.C. Barley’s photo studio (the corner of Broadway and 4th Ave.), black soldiers from the U.S. Army barracks (manuscript note on the mount reads “After Soapy Smith’s death, Skagway”), recently completed headquarters of the White Pass & Yukon Railroad (1900), children playing in front of “Clancy Hotel’s” advertising board, etc. There are also views of the summit of the White Pass with a sign “The Summit of White Pass Hotel, Best Wines, Liquors and Cigars;” Dawson’s Bank building with several signs, including the sign of “Doctors Brown & Wharton, Dentists” (corner of King St. and First Ave.); a view of “Dan’s Cabin, Meals & Bunks” (an establishment owned by one Dan Snure in the Hootalinqua village at the conjunction of Yukon and Teslin Rivers); photos of the W.P. & Y.R. tracks, a wharf of the “Alaska Commercial Co.,” and others. Several photos show Alaskan coastal and river steamers - “City of Topeka,” a man lying in the rowboat of the steamer “Dolphin” (operated by the “Alaska Steamship Co.”), a view of a smaller steamer full of passengers, with a handwritten sign “Sail at 4 pm,” etc. There are also interesting snapshot portraits of native Alaskans - a group of men in front of a wooden building, a “washwoman,” a child and a family next to their tents, an old man in his kayak, three portraits of the album’s compiler and his wife with a native man on board a steamer, and others. Overall an attractive collection of unusual lively photos of Alaska and its people during the Nome Gold Rush.
Price: $2,250.00 USD