Photograph Album and Scrapbook of the Proprietors of the Renowned Blanchard Garden in Skagway, Alaska, including a Visit from President Warren G. Harding
Photograph Album and Scrapbook of the Proprietors of the Renowned Blanchard Garden in Skagway, Alaska, including a Visit from President Warren G. Harding
Photograph Album and Scrapbook of the Proprietors of the Renowned Blanchard Garden in Skagway, Alaska, including a Visit from President Warren G. Harding
Photograph Album and Scrapbook of the Proprietors of the Renowned Blanchard Garden in Skagway, Alaska, including a Visit from President Warren G. Harding
Photograph Album and Scrapbook of the Proprietors of the Renowned Blanchard Garden in Skagway, Alaska, including a Visit from President Warren G. Harding
Photograph Album and Scrapbook of the Proprietors of the Renowned Blanchard Garden in Skagway, Alaska, including a Visit from President Warren G. Harding
Photograph Album and Scrapbook of the Proprietors of the Renowned Blanchard Garden in Skagway, Alaska, including a Visit from President Warren G. Harding
Photograph Album and Scrapbook of the Proprietors of the Renowned Blanchard Garden in Skagway, Alaska, including a Visit from President Warren G. Harding

Photograph Album and Scrapbook of the Proprietors of the Renowned Blanchard Garden in Skagway, Alaska, including a Visit from President Warren G. Harding

String-tied album, 10.5 x 15 inches, with photographs and ephemera mounted to both sides of 14 cardstock leaves, accompanied by additional loose photos, most dating from the 1920s. There are a total of 151 photographs, of which 71 are mounted and 80 are loose. Sizes vary, most in the range of 3 x 5 to 4 x 6 inches. Blanchard Garden, located in Skagway and owned by William C. Blanchard (b. Scotland, 1878) and Annie Blanchard (nee Clayson, b. Washington State, 1882), was famous for its large and beautiful dahlias, sweet peas, begonias, geraniums, pansies, and nasturtiums. During the inter-war years, it was a must-see tourist attraction, continually astounding visitors with the abundance of beautiful flowers that could be grown during summer in the "frozen north." In 1929, the Blanchards grew the world’s largest dahlia, setting a record that went uncontested for thirty years, according to the National Park Service. The Blamchards probably started keeping this scrapbook to commemorate what was likely one of the great honors of their lives -- a visit from the President and First Lady of the United States. In the summer of 1923, President Harding embarked on what was to be a two-month trip across the U.S. and to the territory of Alaska. Dubbed the "Voyage of Understanding," it was intended to give the President first-hand knowledge of Alaska and allow him to travel across the country to hear directly from Americans about their problems and concerns. Harding died suddenly just a few weeks after he became the first U.S. President to visit Alaska. His stop in Skagway included a tour of the Blanchard Garden, which W.C. Blanchard later described in an article for the Bulletin of the California Dahlia Society: "The President picked some pansies and selected a few dahlia blooms. We offered to send them down to the transport, but he insisted upon carrying them himself. He charmed us all by his gracious kindly manner...Our son...surreptitiously took a snapshot of Mr. Harding while at our home, and today one of our most precious possessions is the picture which he obtained." What is likely the very snapshot described here is included in this album, along with newspaper clippings about the Presidential visit, a note from Florence Harding's personal secretary to Mrs. Blanchard, a real photo postcard of Harding in Skagway, and two press photos of Secretary of Agriculture Henry Cantwell Wallace (traveling with the President) in the garden. The remainder of the album includes photos of other visitors to the garden -- many identified by a clipped signature or calling card pasted beneath the photo; clippings from various publications featuring text about and/or photos of the garden; certificates and ribbons for prize-winning floral exhibits; and photos of the Blanchards, their home, and their flowers. The loose photographs includes similar scenes to those in the album, as well as some early images of Blanchard family members (among them a lovely Scottish cabinet card showing W.C. Blanchard and his two brothers in 1883) and some Alaskan hiking and landscape scenes. A wonderful grouping documenting the history of this celebrated tourist attraction as well as its most famous visitor.

Item #21030

Price: $1,250.00