Item #1089 1911 TRIP to INDIA - MUNRO FAMILY - LARGE PHOTO ALBUM
1911 TRIP to INDIA - MUNRO FAMILY - LARGE PHOTO ALBUM
1911 TRIP to INDIA - MUNRO FAMILY - LARGE PHOTO ALBUM
1911 TRIP to INDIA - MUNRO FAMILY - LARGE PHOTO ALBUM
1911 TRIP to INDIA - MUNRO FAMILY - LARGE PHOTO ALBUM
1911 TRIP to INDIA - MUNRO FAMILY - LARGE PHOTO ALBUM
1911 TRIP to INDIA - MUNRO FAMILY - LARGE PHOTO ALBUM
1911 TRIP to INDIA - MUNRO FAMILY - LARGE PHOTO ALBUM
1911 TRIP to INDIA - MUNRO FAMILY - LARGE PHOTO ALBUM
1911 TRIP to INDIA - MUNRO FAMILY - LARGE PHOTO ALBUM
1911 TRIP to INDIA - MUNRO FAMILY - LARGE PHOTO ALBUM
1911 TRIP to INDIA - MUNRO FAMILY - LARGE PHOTO ALBUM
1911 TRIP to INDIA - MUNRO FAMILY - LARGE PHOTO ALBUM
1911 TRIP to INDIA - MUNRO FAMILY - LARGE PHOTO ALBUM
1911 TRIP to INDIA - MUNRO FAMILY - LARGE PHOTO ALBUM
1911 TRIP to INDIA - MUNRO FAMILY - LARGE PHOTO ALBUM
1911 TRIP to INDIA - MUNRO FAMILY - LARGE PHOTO ALBUM

1911 TRIP to INDIA - MUNRO FAMILY - LARGE PHOTO ALBUM

Item #1089

This astonishing photo-album opens with scenes from Calcutta - the Mandal Temple being particularly prominent, plus many street scenes, only a few of which are captioned (“Vendor of Light Refreshments (Pan-Beetle Nut Etc.)”; “Sweet Shop”; “Prospective Bride”; “A Fakir”; “Silver Smith & Jeweler”). Numerous colorful characters are encountered on the streets and in the marketplace.

We are taken to the art and natural history museum, with some paintings, a sculpture, taxidermied birds, an Egyptian mummy, and several remarkable reassembled skeletons.

The photographer then takes us to the Himalayas; several multi-photo panoramas have been carefully assembled. This was clearly an accomplished photographer, carefully utilizing the tripod to create some knockout images of distant craggy peaks. Gardens and hillside villages are pictured, as are some locals in their native garb.

A trip to a zoo shows us a reclining tiger, crocodiles, a leopard, crested cranes, a zebra, some rhinos, a peacock, in lush swampy confines.

Our progress is interrupted by some attractive portraits. Some are captioned in pencil: Elsie Newlands Munro; James Munro of Caithness (this is a photograph of a painting); Jim Munro; Alec Munro. (An internet search yields no definite leads.) Caithness, in the far north of the Scottish mainland, is the only geographic reference point for the family of the photographer or assembler of this album. But the painting is clearly ancestral so this family may well have been American.

Lovely scenes of a botanical garden follow, and yet more family photos, including those of young children - three of which are sitting in a goat-drawn rickshaw. Some men are gathered around an early model of luxury automobile. More temples, unfortunately unidentified. Classical sculptures, depictions of Vishnu, a British war campaign monument, Hindi Apsaras. Bactrian camels, a steam-engine locomotive, a thatched-roof church.

What is astonishing about this collection is the beauty of the photos; the clear affection the photographer has for all aspects of the Indian landscape: the people, the architecture, the religious symbols, the flora and fauna, the quality of light. Though barely captioned, extraordinary care was taken in its design - photographs are carefully arranged, most within hand-drawn borders. Many of the portraits - of the Indians as well as those of family members - are carefully cut to create a silhouette effect.

24 leaves/48 pages, green board. Landscape orientation, 12” x 17 3/4”. Nearly 250 black-and-white and sepia-toned photos, all intact, none torn or damaged. The album itself is in rough shape: The front cover is intact but worn and heavily stained; the cloth of the spine is in tatters. The back cover has held up and done much to protect the album as a whole. Each page has chipped corners and some damage to the outside edge (the tops and bottoms of pages are mostly alright). The lower of the cloth straps is gone, the upper is still attached to most leaves; 3 or 4 are detached. But the inner edge of each leaf is hinged and taped, a design which has served the pages well in preserving their overall beauty. One entire corner of the second leaf has been entirely excised, as though with a razor, with likely a photo on each side thus stolen.

Price: $500.00

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