Clothbound album with leather spine and corners, 12 x 16 inches (oblong), containing 168 photographs and 19 postcards mounted on both sides of 26 thick cardstock leaves. Most images are 4 x 6 inches and black and white; approximately 15% are smaller, and of these 14 are hand colored. Most are captioned in the negative in English. Album spine partially re-covered in cloth tape, corners rubbed. Binding sound, pages and images clean. Very good.
An uncommonly nice collection of sharp, well-composed images showing the local people, villages, shops and markets, urban and rural landscapes, architecture, and shrines and temples, monuments of Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand, Java, Bali, China, Korea, and Japan. Scenes of devastation in the Zhabei neighborhood of Shanghai date the album to the 1930s, and most likely to shortly after the second Sino-Japanese War (1937). The majority (104) of the images appear to be by a single skilled photographer -- probably one who traveled with a cruise ship, documenting the sights along the way and selling images to passengers at the end. Additional uncaptioned images from a few locations (Angkor Wat, Peking) indicate the traveler who assembled the album purchased some commercial photographs locally as well. Among the many interesting sights captured are street scenes and Chinese residences in Malacca; Singapore's harbor and Chinatown; canals and boat traffic in Saigon and Bangkok, a bird vendor in Java; temples, small towns, and ritual dancing in Bali; the harbor, streets, and bombed out areas of Shanghai; the bustling streets of Seoul; street vendors in Peking; the Forbidden City; a Chinese funeral procession; and street scenes, shops, gardens, and shrines in Miyajima, Kyoto, Nara, and Nikko, Japan. The final pages of the album include a birds-eye view of Honolulu and street scenes in Honolulu and Havana. We have found no published or digital examples of any of the images taken by the primary photographer represented here. Please refer to our website for a larger selection of sample images.