[Various locations, including the Caribbean, Europe, Brazil, and Africa. 1928-1930]. 529 photographs on forty-five leaves, images measuring 3.5 x 4.5 inches. Oblong folio. Original leather covers, string tied; grey card leaves, photos mounted with black corners. Moderate wear to covers, string ties mostly perished. Earlier leaves captioned, contents clean, images crisp. Very good. Item #1604
An extensive photo album kept by adventurous world travelers, with images ranging from standard destinations like Niagara Falls to camel rides in the Sahara Desert. Highlights include "Badger Hunting in Normandy," scenes from Cairo, views of Atlantic City, and an extensive series of views in the Caribbean. This group of 136 photographs covers Morro Castle in Puerto Rico; St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands (with scenes of streets and locals in small boats); Martinique and Barbados; Trinidad and Curacao; Colon in Panama in the Canal Zone, with scenes of the streets and locks; posh resort life in Kingston, Jamaica; and finally Cuba. Images of Cuba include street views of Havana and its important buildings, including the Senate, the "National Casino," insane asylum, the treasury, the presidential palace, the Inglaterra Hotel, and the country club. Additionally, scenes in La Playa, outside Havana, at the beach; the town of Hershey and its plant, built by chocolate magnate Milton Hershey; and views of Mariel and Batamano depicting life in the more rural countryside. Later images show scenes touring Europe, as well as a series of photos taken in Rio de Janeiro. Though a bit scattered in content, the album is an interesting and extensive document of wealthy travel over the course of several years and several continents.