South America: 1890.
Hardcover. Small quarto measuring 7" x 10.5". Brown leather over flexible paper boards. Contains 49 sepia-toned or black and white gelatin silver photographs measuring between 3" x 3" and 5" x 7" without captions, and an Autograph Letter laid in. Good only album with chips, tears, and worn edges with near fine photographs.
A photo album compiled by W.W. Falconer while on a cruise to South America in 1890. The early Kodak photographs show the U.S.S. Hancock docked in the harbor before the cruise. While traveling, the passengers are seen on board lounging on the deck and swimming in an onboard pool. One photo shows a man sitting cross-legged on the floor across from an older Asian gentleman. Another photo shows well-dressed men, some in pith helmets, standing on the Hancock’s deck with flower leis around their necks. The South American harbor is seen in a few photos as well as a portrait of an ornately dressed military man. There are also photos of natives, thatched cottages, and the landscape of the area which includes large trees. Additionally present are photos of the ship traversing between South American glaciers which includes a wonderful photo of a large glacial wall and a passing ship in an icy patch of sea. The travelers are seen on horseback riding through the jungle and posing by a river. Some larger photos towards the end of the album show boats on a river and the “upper dam house.” Additionally laid in is a letter from Falconer to his wife while she was in the hospital.
An interesting collection of early photography of South America taken by a wealthy American.