My Trip to Silver City, New Mexico 1916 [manuscript title]. Western Photographica, Harry Murray, New Mexico.
My Trip to Silver City, New Mexico 1916 [manuscript title]
My Trip to Silver City, New Mexico 1916 [manuscript title]
My Trip to Silver City, New Mexico 1916 [manuscript title]
My Trip to Silver City, New Mexico 1916 [manuscript title]
My Trip to Silver City, New Mexico 1916 [manuscript title]
My Trip to Silver City, New Mexico 1916 [manuscript title]
My Trip to Silver City, New Mexico 1916 [manuscript title]
My Trip to Silver City, New Mexico 1916 [manuscript title]
My Trip to Silver City, New Mexico 1916 [manuscript title]

My Trip to Silver City, New Mexico 1916 [manuscript title]

New Mexico: 1916. [44] leaves, illustrated with 192 silver gelatin photographs, most measuring 3.25 x 5.5 inches, with some as small as 1.5 x 1.5 inches, occasionally hand-annotated in white ink, a handful detached, plus a handful of newspaper clippings laid in. Oblong folio. Contemporary three-quarter pebbled calf and black cloth, brad bound. Moderate scuffing and soiling to boards, corners worn. Minor wear and slight silvering to some images, one image partially detached. About very good. Item #2395

An interesting vernacular photograph album documenting an excursion to Silver City in 1916 by a young pair of siblings from a prominent New Mexico family, Harry and Lyda Murray, as well as Harry's romantic interest, identified here only as "Bunny." The three young people appear to be visiting the Murrays' parents' house in Silver City, and taking trips around the area, likely in an attempt to better Harry's physical condition; the young man had suffered a debilitating seizure and shortly thereafter died young. The present collection of photographs include numerous photographs of Harry, Lyda, and Bunny posed with their motorcar in various windswept and desert-like locations, riding horses (one image of the two women captioned "Would-be Cowgirls"), and visiting indigenous peoples. Six images document fourteen unidentified Native Americans posed outside their thatched-straw houses. Most of the subjects are children, with one teenaged girl, three women, and one man. Four of the images feature a military installation on the Mexican border during the border wars that flared up after the outbreak of the Mexican Revolution. The group also visits Santa Rita, and documents the trip with several pictures in and around the Chino Copper Company Mine, with a quarry called the "Don Quoisota Cut," an image of a steam shovel used to clear the railroad around the mine, and a "Scene of Ore Trains." There are also scenes at the Murray Ranch with "Views of Mt. Margurita and Mt. Harra," a scene of a "Big Ditch Flood" at "San Vincent Bosque."

Harry and Lyda Murray hailed from a prominent New Mexico family. Their father, W.D. Murray moved to New Mexico in 1880, settled in Central, New Mexico, and had deep business interests in the state. He was the president of the Silver City National Bank, a partner in the firm of Murray & Layne, and the Murray Brothers mercantile firm, and invested widely in lumber, telephone services, waterworks, life insurance, and other industries. He also served prominently in the New Mexico state Senate. The present collection of photographs document a brief but important moment in the lives of a prominent New Mexico family, along with images of Native Americans and New Mexico commercial interests in the era of the Mexican border war.

Price: $950.00