[Hawaii. ca. 1940]. Oblong quarto album. Silver and black pictorial covers, tied with string. 142 silver gelatin photographs on twenty-four leaves. Near fine. Item #76
Handsome and engaging photo album of Hawaii and Fiji. The album appears to have belonged to Charles Pesak, whose cards are laid in. Pesak (1904-1992) was born in Czechoslovakia and later emigrated to San Francisco; his card indicates that he worked for the Matson Navigation Company as an Associate Chief Steward on the S.S. Lurline, which ran cruises between San Francisco and Hawaii. There are several photographs on board ship, as well as numerous images in Hawaii, showing noted buildings, folks on the beach, and tropical scenery. One image shows a food stand: "Hing Ying Island Pork," while others show banana trees and other exotic native foliage.
There are also images from Fiji, stamped "Printed by Michelmore the chemist, Suva" on the verso. These show native islanders in both native garb and as hotel staff. There is a handsome shot of native children climbing a palm tree, and numerous photographs of local housing and canoes. It also seems likely that Pesak traveled on this trip to Asia, as several images show men at a dance hall with Asian women, and the scenery in several of the photos would seem to indicate as much. Overall, a wonderful album of travel photographs throughout Hawaii and the Pacific.