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PHOTOGRAPH ALBUM Of IRON, COPPER, And COAL MINING COMPANY OPERATIONS, 1906 - 1910. Plus Blueprints, Photographs of the New York Aqueduct and Bridges in Connecticut (1912), Personal Scenes from the Photographer's Travels, etc.
(n. p.). Circa 1906 - 1912. Dark olive green cloth "Moore's Loose Leaf" post binder, numbered and ruled paper leaves printed recto only; photos affixed to rectos. Light soiling and wear to boards and paste-downs; light soiling to beginning and end leaves and occasional margins; light tan discoloration from paste backing to many photos and to some facing blank versos. Few photos under-/ over-developed or slightly blurry, but most crisp, clear and well-contrasted. VG condition overall.. 251 leaves, including 22 unused preliminary leaves and occasional blank leaf separators; two unused sets of "Moore's Moveable Markers" (alphabetical tab dividers) bound in at rear. 476 b/w silver gelatin photographs affixed to leaves with paste, many numbered, captioned and/ or denoting general location. Most ~ 1-3/4" x 2-1/2"; some 3" x 4"; few ~ 4" x 5" or larger; very few hand-colored. Additional illustrations include one half-tone fold-out of a grouping of six images from the album (6-3/4" x 9-1/2"); two half-tone b/w images of mining apparatus with printed captions; three blueprints (avg. 4-1/2" x 7-1/2"; and seven envelopes containing ~75 negatives. 5-3/4" x 8-3/8" A detailed photo album depicting various aspects of the operations, technology, and locations of mining companies in Michigan, Colorado and Pennsylvania, presumably compiled by a publicity photographer. The photographs are neatly organized into headed and/or titled sections. Although primarily showcasing the buildings, equipment, etc., involved, they also include both posed and action shots of managing staff, miners at work, and possibly the miners' or other employees' families, as well. The operations depicted include Cleveland-Cliffs Iron Company's Ishpeming, Negaunee, Maas, Salisbury, Cliff Shaft, Princeton and Austin mines, as well as a shipment of ore being loaded at Marquette, presumably belonging to CCI Co (1908); Calumet and Hecla's Red Jacket Shaft, Whiting System at Tamarack, a man-skip, etc. (1908); Michigan Smelter's furnace house, sluiceway, electric locomotor, cooling slag, and more (1908); Plymouth Coal Company's (PA) plant, colliery, compressor, shafts, and named workers (1906?); Liberty Bell Mill (ca 1912); and others. Additionally, one section is devoted to what appears to be a surveying crew for the New York Aqueduct in Stevenson, Connecticut. Sections of personal photographs intersperse many of the professional photographs, most dated 1909-11, and include friends and scenery in Big Indian, NY; Deertrail, Mt. McClellan, Pike's Peak, Clear Creek, Garden of the Gods, etc., Colorado; a rodeo or horse race in Cheyenne, WY; and both hiking and mining in Moab, UT. All in all, a remarkable photographic documentation of the early turn-of-the-century iron, copper and coal mining operations of some of the biggest mining companies at the time.
      [Bookseller: Tavistock Books, ABAA]
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