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[Mexico Photographica]
[ANNOTATED VERNACULAR PHOTOGRAPH ALBUM OF AN AUTOMOBILE TRIP THROUGH MEXICO AT THE TURN OF THE 20th CENTURY]
[Various locations in Mexico, 1906. Forty-eight silver gelatin photographs, most approximately 4 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches, captioned in white ink throughout. Oblong folio. Contemporary black cloth. Binding a bit frayed and worn, lightly soiled. A few leaves slightly chipped, minor silvering to handful of images. Overall very good. An exceptional annotated vernacular photograph album documenting a road trip across Mexico in 1906, with images originating at San Luis Potosi and proceeding to Mexico City and beyond. The traveler's automobile is featured in several of the photographs, in front of notable sites, in cities and towns, and along poor dirt roads. This is the earliest photographic record of automobile travel in Mexico that we have seen. A contemporary notation on the front pastedown of the album identifies this as "W.C. White's pictures - Mexican trip, April 1906." The photographs capture local scenery, indigenous people, the Mexican National Railway, sights in Mexico City, and the general ambience of life in Mexico City at the turn of the century. Opening images show a "burro train" and men gathering water at a cistern "such as are used in dry, high plateaus." These are followed by images of the "Old Spanish viaduct on road between City of Mexico and Toluca," a shot "On road outside of Toluca Gen. Gonzales Governor of State of Mexico, standing up in car," and a "Typical station scene," showing a train at the rail depot surrounded by Mexican onlookers, and a nice photograph of a woman seated outside a small house which is captioned "Typical section house, Mexican Nati … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: William Reese Company - Americana [United States]
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