Photograph Album of Borneo and China, 1908-1912, with Many Images of Indigenous Peoples
Photograph Album of Borneo and China, 1908-1912, with Many Images of Indigenous Peoples
Photograph Album of Borneo and China, 1908-1912, with Many Images of Indigenous Peoples
Photograph Album of Borneo and China, 1908-1912, with Many Images of Indigenous Peoples
Photograph Album of Borneo and China, 1908-1912, with Many Images of Indigenous Peoples
Photograph Album of Borneo and China, 1908-1912, with Many Images of Indigenous Peoples
Photograph Album of Borneo and China, 1908-1912, with Many Images of Indigenous Peoples
Photograph Album of Borneo and China, 1908-1912, with Many Images of Indigenous Peoples
Photograph Album of Borneo and China, 1908-1912, with Many Images of Indigenous Peoples
Photograph Album of Borneo and China, 1908-1912, with Many Images of Indigenous Peoples
Photograph Album of Borneo and China, 1908-1912, with Many Images of Indigenous Peoples
Photograph Album of Borneo and China, 1908-1912, with Many Images of Indigenous Peoples
Photograph Album of Borneo and China, 1908-1912, with Many Images of Indigenous Peoples
Photograph Album of Borneo and China, 1908-1912, with Many Images of Indigenous Peoples
Photograph Album of Borneo and China, 1908-1912, with Many Images of Indigenous Peoples
Photograph Album of Borneo and China, 1908-1912, with Many Images of Indigenous Peoples
Photograph Album of Borneo and China, 1908-1912, with Many Images of Indigenous Peoples

Photograph Album of Borneo and China, 1908-1912, with Many Images of Indigenous Peoples

Good. Accordion-style lacquer album in wooden boards, 5.5" x 7.5", with 108 images mounted on both sides of 24 panels. Image size ranges from 2.25" x 2.25" to 4.25" x 6". One board damaged (see images), photos generally very good, though with varying degrees of contrast. This fascinating album was compiled by Clement Charles Newson (who appears in the album a few times) or his wife, Rosamond. Although neither is named in the album, he is identified as "C.C.N.," and the name and birthdate of one of their daughter (born in Sandakan in 1909) appears, allowing us to identify them with certainty. Newson (b. 1882 in Surrey) worked for the Robinson Piano Co. in Shanghai in the early years of the twentieth century. He married Londoner Rosamund Edith Noble in Hong Kong in 1907, and soon afterward they moved to Sandakan, British North Borneo, where he was employed by Darby & Co. -- a British firm with interests in shipping, insurance, and plantations. The Borneo portion of this album consists of ca. 66 images taken between 1908 and 1910. There are shots of the family's home and servants in Sandakan, of their newborn daughter, and of some of the recreational facilities used by British citizens. More notable, however, are the images of native markets and villages, a rubber plantation, and the Dayak, Dusun, Kenyah, and Kedayan peoples. Many of these photos were taken 100-200 miles into the interior of the island, along the Rajang River in Sarawak, in areas that likely did not see many photographers. Among the captions: "Dyak head hunting feast," "Dyak Long House and skulls," "Catholic missionaries and Dyak boys taken at Rejang 90 miles up river, Sarawak territory," "Council of Natives, Kedyan Tribe," "Kenya tribe. Baram District - Sarawak. About 200 miles up river," "Group of Dogas - Hill Dusuns," "Christian Dusuns, Putatan near Jesselton." Two occupational scenes (gathering latex, weeding) are identified as the Sekong Rubber Estate; another shows tobacco and drying sheds at Batu Putch Estate. The Newsons returned to Shangahi in 1910 or 1911. The album includes several interior shots of their well-appointed apartment, as well as the outside of their building, which was on Avenue Paul Brunat (later Avenue Joffre, now Huaihai Rd). There are four nice shots of the Chinese war junk Ningpo, several images of "Pootung" (Pudong, less-developed land near Shanghai's foreign concessions), a few of English-language street signs, and several interesting images of a rural area captioned "Ching Ling," which includes an old pagoda, temple interior with statues, and some outdoor textile-related activities. We have not been able to identify Ching Ling with certainty, but suspect it may be the ancient town site of Qinglong (in what is now suburban Shanghai).

Item #22079

Price: $1,750.00