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SOUVENIR OF NORTH WESTERN ALASKA ILLUSTRATED BY O D GOETZE
[Grand Rapids, Mi, 1904. Oblong quarto. Original pictorial wrappers, brown cloth backstrip. Minor wear, one text leaf with chip to bottom corner. Very good. A rich photographic record of Nome, Alaska during its heyday as one of the last of the great Gold Rush destinations. The text is entirely composed of black-and- white photographs of the Nome area, which began to lure gold seekers away from the Klondike beginning in 1899. The gold rush in Nome lasted about a decade. All of the photographs here are captioned in print, with some dated 1903 or 1904, boom years for Nome. The photographs were the work of Otto Daniel Goetze, a Missouri native who moved to Nome in 1900. In Nome, Goetze established the Alaska Photo Company with his brother. As expected, many of the views here center around mining activities, with an almost equal number of images concerned with the indigenous population. Over twenty images feature Eskimo families and individuals ranging from the most primitive settings to a studio photograph of a young married couple attired in their finest native dress. Other photos show a panoramic view of Nome, street views of the town, the waterfront, steamers delivering passengers, native grave sites, Fort Davis and the U.S. post at St. Michael, Dutch Harbor, Whalen, Siberia, a bird's-eye view of Dawson City, and much more. A scarce book, with only seventeen copies in OCLC. OCLC 12644061.
      [Bookseller: William Reese Company - Americana]
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