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Photograph Album and Scrapbook of the Proprietors of the Renowned Blanchard Garden in Skagway, Alaska, including a Visit from President Warren G. Harding
1920. 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 … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Walkabout Books, ABAA [Curtis, WA, U.S.A.]
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