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[B.C. – ALASKA – KLONDIKE GOLD RUSH, PHOTOGRAPHS]. [Album of 91 Original Photographs of Alaska Including Views of Sitka, Wrangell, Muir Glacier and Skagway with the White Pass].
1899. Oblong Folio (28x34,5 cm). 91 photographs, the majority ca. 12x10 cm (4 ¾ x 4 in) or slightly smaller, mounted on 11 grey card leaves. With two chromolithographs and a coloured photograph by LaRoche (Seattle) mounted on the endpapers and on the last leaf of the album. Several images with period pencil or ink captions. Period style black full morocco with gilt tooled title and a chromolithograph showing Yukon tundra in summer, mounted on the front board. First and last leaves with small tears and chips, not affecting photographs. Two photos lightly chipped; a few with some minor soiling. Overall a beautiful album with strong, bright images.

An interesting collection of photographs taken during a cruise on the steamship "Queen" along the Northwest coast of America and Alaska in July 1899, during the Klondike Gold Rush 1896-99. The group of travellers proceeded from Victoria (British Columbia) and went north and visited Sitka, Wrangell, Glacier National Park, where they spent time at the Muir Glacier, Skagway and summitted the famous White Pass leading to the Yukon River and further to the Klondike Gold fields.
The images include Alaskan scenery (mountains, rivers, coastal landscapes), including close-up views of houses and totem poles in Wrangell, views of the harbour and vicinities of Sitka, a nice series of the Muir glacier views, images of the interior of St. Michael’s Russian Orthodox Cathedral in Sitka, the Legislature building in Victoria, a portrait with the building of the Klondike Trading Company in the background et al. The images of the tourists themselves show numerous outdoor activities, such as fishing, hiking, and mountain climbing, as well as taking the air on board the steamship. Images of note include a photo of two ladies in shirtwaists roped up together for mountain climbing; two photos of bison; and an image of a group of native children and their dogs seated on the ground outside a cabin in a village. A nice record of a Victorian pleasure trip to the Far North.


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