[Various places from Chicago to Arizona: ca. 1935].  leaves, illustrated with 116 vernacular photographs in corner mounts, almost all captioned in white ink. Oblong quarto. Contemporary textured limp black cloth, string-tied. Very light edge wear. A few photographs detached. Overall in much better condition than usual. Very good plus. Item #2388
An intriguing collection of annotated vernacular photographs assembled by an unidentified young man who drove his Chevrolet car from Chicago through the American West to Arizona. The album opens with a handful of shots of Chicago, including Soldier Field, the Planetarium, and the Chicago Museum of Natural History. The compiler then proceeds across the Mississippi River (six photos), then through Iowa, Nebraska, and into Wyoming, where he wrecked his car in a ditch. Several photos picture his twisted mess of a car. The photographs on the next several pages, presumably after his car is fixed, capture the majesty of Yellowstone Park, with requisite shots of Old Faithful, Needle Falls, and a bear, but also with some more uncommon locations such as Queen's Terrace and Handkerchief Pool, the latter a once-thriving visitor's spot inside the park that was damaged by tourists and is now all but forgotten.
The album includes pictures of the compiler himself and his traveling companion, identified as "Mr. Arnold Smith." There is a small run of photographs documenting the two men's hike in Yellowstone. They then proceed to Idaho, where they visit American Falls, and then the Great Salt Lake, Zion National Park, and Bryce Canyon in Utah. There are a couple of shots of Great Salk Lake, but numerous shots of the latter two areas. These are followed by a few pictures of the construction of the "Boulder Dam," known since 1947 as the Hoover Dam. The album concludes with several shots of the Grand Canyon in Arizona and one image of the Will Rogers Air Port (a small regional airport, not the modern international airport in Oklahoma City).
A far-ranging and well-preserved collection of photographs taken on a car excursion through the American West.