[Various Places, including Mexico, Wyoming, Nevada, Arizona, and California: 1936-1938]. 296 photographs in corner mounts on fifty-five leaves. Oblong quarto. Original cloth boards, string tied. Cloth worn and frayed at edges. A few leaves loose. Photos generally crisp and neat; about half with manuscript captions on leaves. Very good. Item #917
A travel album of nearly 300 original images of alluring and uncommonly high quality, the preponderance of which chronicle a series of road trips made by a group of young men crossing the United States and Mexico by car in 1936 and 1937. The subjects were likely students at Worcester Polytechnical Institute. Approximately 250 of the images depict their trips across North America in the midst of the Depression, with locations in the east including Mt. Katahdin, in Maine; Washington, D.C.; Lookout Mountain, Tennessee; Lake Michigan; and Niagara Falls. In the West, they drove through Texas and Mexico to Mexico City. They toured the Mexican capital, and also stopped in Monterrey, where they saw a bullfight. After re-crossing the border at Fort Stockton, they traveled through New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, Wyoming, and California, with a series of photographs depicting their experiences in Yellowstone and Yosemite. Indeed, many of the photos depict their stops in national parks across the West, and demonstrate an interest in the major water engineering project being undertaken at that time. The remainder of the images show the aftermath of the 1938 hurricane on Bellows Falls, Vermont (likely the hometown of the album's compiler) and scenes on the campus of WPI. An excellent visual account of Depression-era car travel.