There are about 240 photos in this 9.25” x 14” photo album which shows car travel through Louisiana, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Mexico and California in 1923. Inside the front cover is a panoramic photo of San Juan Capistrano Mission, followed by unidentified photos on a vessel, that I think is a ferry. The annotated photos start with “Start of the trip. Crossing the Mississippi River from New Orleans to Westwego,LA, Sunday, June21, 1923.” Most of the photos measure 3.5” x 5.75” with some smaller and a few enlargements. It appears that they started off with two cars, but one breaks down in the desert and they leave it there. There are photos of Indians, muddy roads, hotels, a sandstorm, town views, countryside, did I mention the muddy roads? Some annotations include:
Louisiana mud through the Chacahoula Swamp,
at a gas station in Morgan City, LA,
on the ferry crossing the Sabine River into Texas
Adobe houses made of mud in Texas
Photos on the road from Liberty to Houston
A real town - Junction, TX
Sonora to Ft. Stockton. Roads that are no so good.
Ft Stockton to El Paso
Shack at Aden, NM, where we took shelter to eat our lunch during sand storm
Looking over Douglas, Arizona
A Mexican residence outside of Lordsburg
Cattle at water hold, Tuscon to Phoenix
Looking for the right road to Salome
Just posing on the road to Blythe, California
Leaving the Stude (Studebaker) broken down midway on desert, Blyth to El Centro.
Views el Centro to San Diego
Balboa Park, San Diego
Later on, The photos are a bit faded and the annotations changed to short or no descriptions written along the edges of the photos, and include:
Going into Oatman, Ariz,
Williams to Holbrook
Leaving Santa Fe
Indian Reservation near Santa Fe
Several photos are loose and around a handful are missing. It is a fun and informative album, that makes you feel like you are along for the ride!