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17 Alaskan View Silver Gel Photographs in Leather Album
Photographs. Leather album, 10 x 12.75 inches, containing 17 silver gelatin photographs, most boudoir card sized, approx. 4.5 x 7.25 inches, as well as four large format photos measuring approx. 7.5 x 9.5 inches on slightly larger mounts. Most images can be removed from album sleeves, with exception of a few that are tough to extract. Album includes 20 leather frames for photos, with the last three empty. Some photos show light spotting. Some with toning to mounts. Several images have lightened a bit but overall the photographs are crisp and clear with very good exposure and toning. Most photographs are credited in the negative or on the mount to Frank La Roche, Seattle, WA, with one view bearing the imprint of R. Albertstone, Sitka, Alaska. Several are titled in the negative. The album features bird's-eye views as well as street scenes of Sitka and Metlakatla, Alaska; Totem Poles at Fort Wrangle (2) ; the Greek Church at Killisnoo; studies of glaciers, including a section of Muir Glacier (2) , as well as a distant view of men standing amongst massive glacial formations; an Alaskan camp scene; and views of ships on the water. Photographs of Chileat Indians at Killisnoo, Metlakatla Cornet Band members posed with their instruments, and "An Alaska Indian Woman 126 Years Old" are also included in this fine turn of the 20th century Alaskan photo album. The Special Collections Library at University of Washington holds a collection of La Roche photographs. From their website: "Frank La Roche (1853-1936) was born in Philadelphia, where he learned the trade of photography. He arrived in Seattle in July 1889 and established a studio that, in addition to portraits, specialized in scenic and industrial views of western Washington state and southeastern Alaska. He photographed scenes in the Yukon during the Klondike gold rush, ca. 1897-1899, and made numerous views of Seattle streets and buildings, ships, logging activities, and American Indians. He made many trips to Alaska, and also traveled in California and along the line of the Canadian Pacific Railway, taking scenic views which he produced for sale to travelers. About 1914, he moved his studio to the town of Sedro-Wooley, north of Seattle. Frank La Roche retired about 1928, and died on April 12, 1936." More scans available upon request. .
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