Ohio, Illinois, South Dakota, Wyoming, Utah, Nevada, California: 1939-1940.
Hardcover. Oblong folio. Measuring 15" x 11". String-tied black cloth over stiff paper boards with "Photographs" stamped on the front board. Contains 273 gelatin silver photographs measuring between 2.75" x 4.5" and 3.5" x 6", with captions. Near fine photo album with slight edgewear and fine photographs.
An extensive album of over a year of travel between 1939 and 1940 detailing a couple’s trips across the United States beginning in Ohio. The majority of the album contains original photographs with an additional 111 souvenir commercial images interspersed throughout. The couple had apartments in San Francisco and Los Angeles at different parts of the album and may have been in Ohio visiting friends and took the road trip to get back to California. Many of the pages include long captions detailing the trip and interesting facts from the places they visited. After Ohio the couple headed to Chicago, photographing Michigan Avenue, the Port of Chicago, and the Chicago Historical Society Museum. They then traveled to South Dakota visiting Sioux Falls, Rapid City, and Kadoga. By September they had made their way to the Badlands and took beautiful landscape photographs of the area. Photos from the Black Hills show buffalo, Mount Rushmore, and the graves of "Wild Bill" Hickok and Calamity Jane. They drove through Wyoming, photographing canyons and the landscape of the state en route to Utah. Another set of photos from Yellowstone shows the couple near their car with a bear in the distance. Once in Utah they visited the Mormon Temple, Salt Flats, and the Great Salt Lake. Some commercial photographs from this section show Col. William F. “Buffalo Bill”Cody and a posed photo of Native Americans in traditional clothing. They passed through Nevada and entered California beginning with Palo Alto and later made their way north to Monterey and San Francisco. Commercial images from their trip to San Francisco include a trip to the 1939 World’s Fair.
Photos beginning in 1940 show a stop at Union Air Terminal in Burbank, California. These photos show Lockheed bombers headed for England during the war. They went to a Rose Parade where Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy were the Grand Marshals. While in Los Angeles they visited an alligator farm, took photos of the Valley, and toured the San Gabriel Mission. And spent time at the Mission San Juan Capistrano with photos showing the architecture of the mission, the bells, and the courtyard. One section shows the couple and friends at Griffith Planetarium with photos showing views from the observatory and the group walking around Griffith Park. Photos from Long Beach show an amusement park, oil fields, and a Pacific fleet off shore. Other Los Angeles sights include the Hollywood Bowl, Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Beverly Gardens, Hollywood mountains, and Lake Hollywood. A large section of photos shows a trip to Death Valley and another shows the Boulder Dam in construction.
An exhaustive collection of photographs depicting two years of Western American travel from Ohio to California.