1934. Oblong Folio album (ca. 28,5x38 cm). 36 card stock leaves with tissue guards. With 180 mounted gelatin silver photographs, including 108 larger images ca. 12x12 cm (4 ¾ x 4 ¾ in) and 72 smaller images ca. 5,5x5,5 cm (2 ¼ x 2 ¼ in). No captions. Period black full morocco album fastened with metal bolts. Front cover with a gilt-lettered title “Sumatra – Siam, 1934.” Binding very mildly rubbed in extremities, a very good album with strong interesting images.
Attractive album with one hundred and eighty lively well-executed vernacular photos, taken by a European couple who travelled to Sumatra (then a part of the Dutch East Indies) and the Kingdom of Siam (Thailand after 1939) just a few years before the beginning of WW2. About eighty-five photos illustrate their journey around western and northern Sumatra, from the port of Padang to Medan on the island’s north-eastern coast. The photos show the market square in Bukittinggi with the Dutch-built Jam Gadang clock tower (still with its original roof, which was changed during the Japanese occupation), the Grand Mosque and Maimun Palace in Medan, a series of views of traditional Minangkabau houses (most likely, near Fort Kock in the vicinity of Bukittinggi), street and market scenes, mountainous landscapes of the West Sumatran highlands, coastal villages, portraits of the locals and the travelling couple, etc. Ninety-five photos of Thailand mainly focus on the sights of Bangkok, especially the Wat Phra Kaew temple complex and the Grand Palace. There are also several lively street scenes, views of native quarters on the banks of Bangkok canals, portraits of Buddhist monks, Thai boat riders, passers-by, a series of photographs of the couple, etc. Overall a interesting photo collection showing Sumatra and Bangkok in the 1930s.
Price: $2,250.00 USD