Extensive Collection of Early Photos of Nome, Alaska

[Album with 167 Original Gelatin Silver Photos of Nome and Environs, Showing Nome Streets, Miners and Merchants’ Bank of Alaska, Alaska Dream Theatre, St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Golden Gate Hotel, Leo Seidenberg’s “Bon Marche” Store, Hotel Popular, Nome Coast Guard Station, “Ukiuwak”, “Silver Wave” and “Sea Wolf” Motor Boats, Gold Dredges and Workers, Native Women, Kids and Families, “Winnie Mae” Aeroplane and Her Pilots Wiley Post and Harold Gatty during their Around the World Flight in 1931, etc.].

Ca. late 1920s – early 1930s. Quarto album (ca. 27,5x19,5 cm). 54 card stock leaves (several blank). With 167 gelatin silver photographs, including 79 larger ones, from ca. 9x14,5 cm (3 ½ x 5 ¾ in) to ca. 7x11 cm (2 ¾ x 4 ½ in) and 88 smaller photos ca. 6x9 cm (2 ½ x 3 ½ in). Two photos captioned or signed in negative. Period green full cloth hardcover album with a generic gilt-lettered title “Library Album” on the spine. A few images mildly faded, but overall a very good album of interesting strong photos.

Extensive collection of Alaskan photos, mostly of Nome and environs, taken in the late 1920s-early 1930s. Interesting images include a series of street views of Nome, featuring the buildings of “Miners and Merchants’ Bank of Alaska,” “Alaska Dream Theatre” with the poster of Ken Maynard’s movie “The Red Raiders” (released in 1927) to be shown on “Friday”, a street with the “Carpenter Shop” and St. Joseph’s Catholic Church (still in its original location on the Steadman Ave. and with a steeple which was removed in 1944), the Golden Gate Hotel, Leo Seidenberg’s “Bon Marche” store, “Hotel Popular,” Alvin Bahlke’s restaurant, etc. Several photos show Nome Coast Guard Station (active in 1905-1949), including scenes of a public celebration next to the station (egg-and-spoon race, trampoline jumping, etc.). The other views, most likely also taken in Nome or nearby show “Ukiuwak”, “Silver Wave” and “Sea Wolf” motorboats, buildings of “Alaska Road Commission” and “U.S. Customs,” wooden pioneer houses, a fire of a large building, men salvaging cargo from a partly submerged motorboat, gold dredges and workers, portraits of native girls, women and kids, etc. Three photos (two signed by Lomen Bros.) show the Oklahoma airplane “Winnie Mae” and her two pilots Wiley Post and Harold Gatty apparently landed near Nome during their flight around the world in June 1931. “Winnie Mae’s” number, name and sign “Around the World Flight, F.C. Hall sponsor” are perfectly visible. There are also several aerial views, showing Nome and Alaskan rivers, portraits of the album compiler’s family or friends posing in front of their houses, next to native canoes, sleds, onboard a boat, with a polar bear skin, cooking fish, riding a rail car, etc. One photo portrays a young man next to a car with the sign “Ketchikan Police Patrol.” Overall a nice collection of lively snapshot photos of Nome and its residents in the late 1920s-early 1930s.

Item #430

Price: $1,750.00 USD