Ca. 1899 – early 1900s. Thirty-two loose gelatin silver photographs (one photo in two copies) ca. 10,5x12,5 cm (4x5 in) or slightly smaller. One photo captioned in negative, four photos with pencil captions on verso. Several images mildly faded or with minor tears on extremities, but overall a very good collection of interesting photos.
Interesting rare collection of original photos documenting beach gold mining in Nome during the 1899-1909 gold rush. Over twenty photos from the collection show prospectors and gold mining operations on the Nome beach (one photo in two copies) and in the nearby creeks. The photos show prosectors working in the intertidal zone and in the surf with rockers and sluices (several photos depict an elaborate system of sluices), digging out channels with shovels or horse-drawn scrapers, etc. Several photos show prospectors’ tents and camps (with prospectors cooking on an outdoor stove, sleeping next to their tent on the beach, or riding a trolley on a makeshift rail track ending in a camp). The other Nome views show boats and sternwheelers, a beachfront street with wooden sidewalks and visible signs of several businesses (“lumber,” “groceries,” “dance hall”), and a woman posing at the storefront of the “Piper’s Bakery” (the signs advertise ice cream, home-made horehound candy, pumpernickel bread, etc.). The collection also includes four portraits of the Inupiat native Americans from Nome.
There are also views of steamship “Sybil” on the Yukon River (in use in 1898-1903), three men posing on the “Dog Island” (apparently, the Yukon River basin), Pyramid Island harbour (Chilkat Inlet on the Lynn Canal, Southeast Alaska, near Haines), and famous “54 roadhouse” on the Hunker Creek, south of Dawson, Yukon Territory (the signs advertise “Meals, Lunches, Liquors, Tobacco, &c.” and “Norton Holder Boatmen’s [sic!] daily trips from Hunker to Dawson”).
Overall an interesting photo collection depicting the Nome Gold Rush (1899-1909).
Price: $1,750.00 USD