Ca. 1900. Oblong Folio (ca. 30x40,5 cm). 28 card stock leaves. With 85 original photographs, including 6 platinum panoramas ca. 9,5x30,5 cm (3 ¾ x 12 in) or slightly smaller, 27 large albumen photos ca. 18x23,5 cm (7 x 9 ¼ in), and 52 smaller albumen photos from ca. 14x20,5 cm (5 ½ x 8 in) to ca. 12x17 cm (4 ¾ x 6 ¾ in). Thirty albumen photos with blind stamps of Alfred Tattersall in the left lower corners, thirty-three albumen photos signed, captioned or numbered by Thomas Andrew in negative. Period brown half calf with green patterned cloth boards, decorative ornaments on the spine and decorative Overall a very good album of sharp and strong images.
Large historically significant collection of early original photos of Samoa taken by noted local photographers Alfred Tattersall and Thomas Andrew during the first years after the archipelago’s partition in 1899 into German and American Samoa.
Photos by Alfred Tattersall include: a portrait of Wilhelm Solf (1862-1936, Governor of German Samoa in 1900-1911); several views of the Apia harbor and waterfront, featuring the first building of the Immaculate Conception Cathedral, German colonial Courthouse (built in 1902), and trade houses of William Blacklock (1856-1942, trader and US Consul General in Samoa in 1880s-1905) and Peter Fabricius (1853-1908) (large signs “W. Blacklock” and “P.C. Fabricius” are clearly seen on the roof and the top of the buildings); close-up views of the Villa Vailima (the last residence of Robert Louis Stevenson and later that of the Governor of German Samoa); the Colonial Courthouse decorated with palm branches and flower garlands with several members of German colonial administration posing in front; Mount Vaea; winding road to Vailele village; Mulinu’u village with traditional fale houses; Samoa war canoe with a large group of warriors; portrait of a Samoan family next to their house; a scene of a public gathering with the dancers performing siva; boys bathing in a waterfall; plantations of taro, bread fruit and cacao trees; a detailed view of the exterior and interior of the Immaculate Conception Cathedral, and others.
The album also houses six excellent panoramic views of Apia attributed to Thomas Andrew, featuring the building on the waterfront, naval ships in the harbor, Mount Vaea, Apia harbor and Vaisigano River and the old bridge. The photos signed or captioned by Thomas Andrew (some dated 1904 or 1905) include: a view of the Apia harbour and waterfront, photos of numerous Upolu Island waterfalls (Falefa, Papaloloa, Papase’ea, Falealili Falls, and others), different villages and sites on Upolu (Falevao, Salani, Lalomauga, Falese’ela, Vaiee), Savaii Island (Matautu village, Safuni Lake), “Interior of Apolima [Island]” (the smallest of the four inhabited islands of Samoa), two views of the “Entrance to Apolima [harbour] (from the left and right sides),” two views of the harbor and American station at Pago Pago (Tutuila Island), views of a “Native fort with tree lookout,” coconut palm plantations at Savaii, coral gardens near Apia, and others. Very interesting is Andrew’s group portrait of “Lieut. Gaunt’s Brigade” - native supporters of King Malietoa Tanumafili I against Chief Mata'afa Iosefo Laiufi during the Second Samoan Civil War of 1898-99, the “brigade” was commanded by R.N. Lieutenant Guy Gaunt (1869-1953) of HMS “Porpoise,” future British counter-intelligence officer and politician.
Six photos (three signed by Tattersall and one by Andrew) show the famous shipwrecks in the Apia harbour which were irreparably damaged by the hurricane on March 15-16 1889. Despite the obvious signs of the approaching hurricane three American and three German naval ships refused to leave the harbor where they took stand during the Samoan Crisis (1887-89) and were all sunk. The photos feature SMS Adler, SMS Eber, USS Vandalia, and German corvette Olga either sunk or knocked over on the beach; USS Trenton is seen on one of the photos trying to salvage the remains of USS Vandalia. There are also two unsigned photos of a Catholic mess and procession near the Immaculate Conception Cathedral. Overall an interesting extensive collection of early photos of Samoa in very good condition.
Alfred John Tattersall “was a New Zealand photographer who lived in Samoa for most of his life and contributed a significant collection of images of the Pacific Island country and its peoples during the colonial era. Tattersall moved to Samoa in 1886 to work as an assistant in the studio of J. Davis. When Davis died in 1893 Tattersall over his studio and negative collection. He went on to live in Samoa from 1886 to 1951, including the volatile era when Britain, Germany and the United States were vying for control of the Samoan Islands. Many of his photographs are significant in the history of Samoa and covered eras such as German Samoa (1900-1914) followed by the country's administration under New Zealand which saw the rise of the pro-independence Mau movement” (Wikipedia).
“Thomas Andrew arrived in Samoa in 1891 and opened a photographic studio in Apia. His photography was wide-ranging including portraits, landscapes and major events including the funeral of writer Robert Louis Stevenson (1894), the Mau Movement working for independence and the volcanic eruptions of Mt. Matavanu (1905–1911). A collection of his work is held by the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa” (Luminous-Lint).
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