1920s AMUSING CHRISTIAN MISSIONARY MAN TRAVELS in CANADA and USA - PHOTO ALBUM
There are around 340 photographs in this 11.75”x7.25” photo album. Photos are black and white and sepia. The majority of photos are 2.5”x3.5”, some are slightly larger and others slightly smaller. Pictures are held to black pages with a variety of corner tabs. At the beginning of the album, each photograph is provided with a thoughtful caption; the care given to inscription wanes as the album advances. A couple of photos appear to be missing. One portrait photo is loose near the back of the album. The last few pages are empty. The cover is leather with a scallop design.
A dapper, young man who I believe was from Toronto, and who appears to be a Christian Missionary, has delicately assembled a memory book of photos and captions that share his wit, gumption, and travel. Of the photos with description, we can tell the period is November 1928-November 1929. The latter half of the album lacks such detailed caption; however, with the addition of photos of a baby we can presume the album continues in rough chronological order after November 1929.
Two churches are shown: The United Church and the Immanuel Baptist Church, though I am unsure of which faith he observes. There are also photos of “our first baptism,” “all of Toronto District Elders,” and photos from the Hamilton Conference.
He gets around! Photos from his numerous travels around Ontario, Canada; Salt Lake City, Utah; Chicago, Illinois; Upstate New York; Niagara Falls; Bangor, Maine and so on. And he knows how to have a good time! Many photos are of him showing affections with friends and family. They are laughing, playing, and goofing around.
With his camera, he memorializes historical sites: churches, monuments, battlefields, decommissioned battleships, forts, and shrines.