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[EARLY WORLD CRUISE]
[Album of over 550 Original Photographs Compiled by a North American Traveller, Including Over 260 Images from the 1924 Around the World Cruise on RMS "Laconia" Showing Hawaii, Japan, Korea, China, the Philippines, Java, Singapore, Burma, India, Ceylon, Suez Canal, Egypt, Greece, Palestine and Italy; and Over 290 Images from the 1926 Travel Across Europe Showing France, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Holland, Belgium and Great Britain].
1924-1926. Oblong Folio (ca. 28,5x40 cm). 52 stiff card leaves. Over 550 gelatin silver prints. Photos from the voyage round the world mostly ca. 7,5x13,5 cm (3 x 5 ¼ in), with a few smaller ones; photos from the travel to Europe are either ca. 5,5x8 cm (2x3 in) or ca. 7x12 cm (2 ¾ x 4 ¾ in). Period manuscript title on the first leaf, most images with period manuscript captions, some very informative. Period cloth album by the "Badger Line. Loose Leaf Devices" (paper label on the rear endpaper). Covers mildly rubbed, worn ad faded at extremities, several images detached with one missing (Waterloo field), first two leaves loose, a few images faded, two photos on the third leaf with water stains, but overall a very good album with strong interesting images. Interesting collection of lively original photos compiled by a North American traveller, during one of the earliest steamship cruises around the world - on board the Cunard Line's RMS "Laconia" (it was "Laconia" which executed the first around the world cruise in 1923). The photos are accompanied by extensive manuscript notes, and are preceded with a handwritten title on the first leaf: "W.W. Foster. Our 1924 trip around the world, showing only the pictures photographed with the large camera". Also (last half) "Camera views of our 1926 tour through Europe." The creator of the album can possibly be attributed to Major-General William Wasbrough Foster DSO CMG VD (1875-1954), British Columbia noted military officer and public servant, director of the timber exporting company "Evans, Coleman & Evans", chief constable of Vancouver City Police (since 1935), president of the Royal Canadian Legion (1938-40), Honorary Aide-de-Camp to three Governor-Generals of Canada, head of BC Hydro-Electric Power Commission (1945-54), president of the Alpine Club of Canada (1920-24), and of the Canadian National Parks Association, et al. Two of the photos at the end of the album depict a middle-aged man with his wife in Cairo beside the pyramids. There is a resemblance between W. W. Foster and the depicted man. The photos from the 1924 voyage around the world include some interesting images of Hawaii (panoramas and street views of Honolulu); over forty photos of Japan (bird's-eye views of Yokohama, scenes in Yokohama harbour, interesting views of destruction after the earthquake of September 1923 taken from the Bluff; Mt. Fuji; temples of Kyoto; native children), views of Korea (Seoul Marble Pagoda, scenes on a railway station "on the way to Peking"); over fifty views of China (street scenes and types in Peking; the Forbidden city; port and streets of Shanghai, junks and locals at Hong Kong, Repulse Bay Hotel; views taken during their 90-mile trip up the Pearl River, busy harbour and streets of Canton); Philippines (harbour and streets of Manila, buffalo driven carriages); Java (Batavia, Buitenzorg); Singapore (botanical garden); Burma (port and streets of Rangoon); India (Calcutta, Hooghly River, Bombay, Elephanta Caves); Ceylon (landing and an English estate in Colombo; the lake and Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic in Kandy); Suez Canal; Egypt (Nile Bridge, street views of Cairo, the pyramids); Greece (Athens and the Acropolis); Palestine (Haifa, "Camel burden bearers," Acre, Sea of Galilee, streets of Tiberias), and Italy (Naples). The second voyage made in summer 1926 around Europe resulted in the views of France (Fontainebleau Palace); over 120 photos of Italy (Naples, Pompeii, Amalfi Drive, Capri, Rome, Pisa, Florence, Venice, Milan, Monte Carlo, Genoa, Italian Lakes); twenty views of Switzerland (Geneva and Lucerne); over fifty views of Germany (Munich, Dresden, Berlin, Potsdam, Frankfurt, the Rhine Castles); the Netherlands (Amsterdam, Marken, Hague, Volendam); Belgium (Antwerp, Brussels, Waterloo); over twenty views of England (London, Stratforn-on-Avon, Windsor castle); and over thirty views of Scotland (Edinburgh, Abbotsford); the album closes with a photo of the coast of Labrador.