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Scrapbook documenting a "pilgrimage" of the Allegheny Commandery of the Masonic Knights Templar to Ireland, Scotland, England, Holland, Belgium, the Rhine, Switzerland, Italy, and the Paris Exposition
Allegheny (today Pittsburgh's North Side), Pennsylvania 1878 - This 78-page hardcover scrapbook measures 8.5" x 11" and is neatly stuffed with approximately 320 brochures, certificates, itineraries, trade cards, news articles, hotel advertisements, business cards, calling cards, masonic cards, attraction receipts, event tickets, Curnard Line Passenger Lists, postage stamps, municipal seals, travel maps, banquet menus, postal cards, scenic prints and cards, hotel pamphlets and prints, railroad advertisements, steamship prints, exposition souvenirs, and more. Everything is in very nice shape. The contents have been glued to the album pages. Several pages are starting to separate. Minor cover wear, heaviest at spine ends. In 1878, 40 "crusaders" (some accompanied by family members) of the Allegheny Commandery, No. 35, Knights Templar began a grand tour "pilgrimage" to Europe. The basic tour, which cost $500 in gold, was to last 75 days, although individuals could extend their tour to 106 days by adding a visit to "the principal Italian cities" for an additional $140. The tours included all lodging and first-class passage on Cunard Line steamships. James Rafferty chose the 106 day tour which is detailed in a Thomas Cook itinerary affixed to the first page of the album. The $640 he spent in 1878 is the equivalent of over $15,000 in 2017 dollars. The exceptionally wide variety of ephemera collected by Rafferty is for the most part mounted in chronological sequence. In addition to many visually stunning ephemeral items, Rafferty also mounted long and detailed accounts of the tour that were regularly published in a local newspaper. The last few leaves in the album contain related materials collected after the trip including a cabinet card photo of Rafferty and two obituaries from 1891 (he died at age 37) identifying him as a Pennsylvania "Capitalist" who had been residing in San Diego, California. Be sure to visit the on-line listing of this album and view images of many of the album pages. A fascinating testament to the wealth associated with Allegheny, Pennsylvania in the last quarter of the 19th-century. At the time it was one of the richest cities in the United State and the home to more millionaires than any other city in the world. In 1878, 40 "crusaders" (some accompanied by family members) of the Allegheny Commandery, No. 35, Knights Templar began a grand tour "pilgrimage" to Europe. The basic tour, which cost $500 in gold, was to last 75 days, although individuals could extend their tour to 106 days by adding a visit to "the principal Italian cities" for an additional $140. The tours included all lodging and first-class passage on Cunard Line steamships. James Rafferty chose the 106 day tour which is detailed in a Thomas Cook itinerary affixed to the first page of the album. The $640 he spent in 1878 is the equivalent of over $15,000 in 2017 dollars. The exceptionally wide variety of ephemera collected by Rafferty is for the most part mounted in chronological sequence. In addition to many visually stunning ephemeral items, Rafferty also mounted long and detailed accounts of the tour that were regularly published in a local newspaper. The last few leaves in the album contain related materials collected after the trip including a cabinet card photo of Rafferty and two obituaries from 1891 (he died at age 37) identifying him as a Pennsylvania "Capitalist" who had been residing in San Diego, California. Be sure to visit the on-line listing of this album and view images of many of the album pages. A fascinating testament to the wealth associated with Allegheny, Pennsylvania in the last quarter of the 19th-century. At the time it was one of the richest cities in the United State and the home to more millionaires than any other city in the world. [Attributes: Hard Cover]
      [Bookseller: Read'Em Again Books, ABAA]
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