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HAWAII / PARADISE Of The PACIFIC / See the Volcano of Kilauea / A Boiling, Spouting, Seething / Lake of Fire in All Its Terrific Grandeur / [printed red rule / Native Hula - Hula Dance / [printed red rule] / Surf Board Riding / The World's Greatest Water Sport / 100 Other Subjects Laughable - Interesting [-] Educational
National Printing & Engraving Co., 1512 Tribune Bldg (n. d.), Chicago - Broadside. 41-1/8" x 28" A large Hawai'i promotional broadside advertising an unidentified show or exhibit. Evidence suggests, however, that it was issued in conjunction with the showing of Robert Kates Bonine's short film, "Volcano of Kilauea," at the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition, held in Seattle in 1909, or for lectures and/or screenings shortly thereafter.Bonine, a one-time Edison Manufacturing Co. photographer and cameraman, became a highly regarded cinematographer in his own right, primarily for his promotional work depicting various scenes, events and customs in Hawai'i. In 1908, he filmed what may have been the first motion picture of an active volcano, a 20-minute film of Kilauea, camping out for several weeks on the crater's rim and wrapping both his camera and himself in asbestos during filming for protection against the extreme heat. Although the film was marketed early in 1909, and continued to sell and be used on the lecture and film circuits through at least 1913, it's official mainland premier was at the 1909 Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition, as part of the Hawai'i exhibit.It is worth noting that some have suggested that this broadside was instead issued in conjunction with magic lantern slide lectures given by famed Hawai'i photographer Ray Jerome Baker. However, Baker's lectures appear to have been more educational than promotional, with rather staid titles like "Uncommon Hawaii"; this was particularly true by the 1920s, as he placed greater and greater emphasis on using his photography to document Hawai'i and Hawaiian life prior to Westernization. Moreover, the sensationalist marketing style of the broadside we offer here, with its bold lettering and prominent featuring of Kilauea, its heavily promotional tone, and its likely provenance being a basement in Portland, OR, where other Robert Kates Bonine advertising broadsides were discovered, lead us to strongly believe that it was published in conjunction with an early showing of Bonine's film of Kilauea, not Baker's lectures.Institutionally scarce. We find no copies on OCLC. Folded twice, with a center vertical and horizontal fold line; few short closed tears to horizontal fold; light wear and occasional minor soil to edges. Colors bold and bright. VG overall.
      [Bookseller: Tavistock Books, ABAA]
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