Ca. 1900s. Oblong Small Octavo album (ca. 12x18 cm). 12 stiff card album leaves. With 24 gelatin silver photos mounted in windows ca. 8x8 cm (3 x 3 in). One photo captioned in negative; all photos with period manuscript ink captions on the mounts. Period black cloth “Gilson Adjustable Album” fastened with a string; gilt-lettered title “Photographs” on the front board; company’s paper labels on the inner side of the rear cover. One photo mildly faded and with spotting, a couple of other photos mildly faded or with mild silvering, but overall a very good album of strong interesting photos.
Attractive album with early photos of Iligan, Philippines, taken or collected by a private of the 23rd Infantry Regiment, US Army during the Philippine-American War (February 1899 – July 1902). The compiler, Norman S. Wood, was a typographer from Wheeling, West Virginia (W.L. Callin’s Wheeling City Directory for 1888, p. 472; Callin’s Wheeling City Directory, 1903-1904, p. 629). In June 1898, he joined the Second Regiment of West Virginia Volunteers and apparently took part in the Spanish-American War (April-August 1898) (Forty Passed Muster in the Preliminary Examination for the Second Regiment W.Va. Volunteers// The Wheeling Daily Intelligencer (Wheeling, West Virginia), 21 June 1898, p. 2). In the records of the 1900 US State Census Wood was listed as a private of Company B, 23rd Infantry Regiment, stationed in Jolo, Philippines. By September 1902, he had apparently returned to Wheeling, as he was listed as a reinstated member of the International Typographical Union of North America (The Typographical Journal, Vol. XXI, No. 5, September 1902, p. 230).
The photos include lively views of Iligan streets, the Catholic church, gate of the Spanish fort, two views of the Company B’s barracks in Yligan (one showing damage after a typhoon), Iligan River and waterfalls, market place; individual and group portraits of the locals, a street scene with a “religious procession,” &c. One photo shows the “principal street in Zamboanga” with a canal in the middle. Five photos at rear show the ports and waterfronts of Colombo, Port Said and Malta. Overall an interesting photo collection, showing Iligan and its people during the Philippine-American War.
A list of captions: Barracks of Co. “B,” 23rd at Yligan, Mindanao; Old Filipino church and bell-tower at Yligan; New Filipino church at Yligan, Mindanao; Group of Moros at the market place, Yligan; Group of natives at the market in Yligan; Filipino belle at Yligan, Mindanao, PI; Filipino man and child at Yligan, Mind.; Falls of the River Agus near Yligan, P.I.; Gate of the Spanish fort at Yligan, P.I.; Carabao bull and cart of the Philippines; Religious procession of Filipinos at Yligan; Quarters of Co. “B” wrecked in a storm at Yligan, P.I.; Street in Yligan on the Island of Mindanao; Filipino woman picking up fish along the beach; Moros of Mindanao in native costume; Yligan River near the market on Saturday; The market place in Yligan on Saturday; Entrance to Suez Canal at Suez City; The princical street in Zamboanga, Mind.; Bomboats trading around “Buford” at Colombo; Italian man-of-war “Stromboli” at Colombo; Two views of waterfront of Port Said, Egypt; Lighthouse and flag over American consulate; An English man-of-war at Malta.
Price: $1,250.00 USD
Status: On Hold