1940s TREASURE ISLAND SAN FRANCISCO PHOTO ALBUM
Small album, landscape orientation - 8 12” x 5 3/4” x 1 1/4”. 24 leaves/48 pages, black; first and last pages blank, as are inside covers.
Canvas-wrapped binding in excellent condition - no tears, chips, loose pages. Lace binding fully intact, some rubbing at corners and a little wear-through.
The first 13 pages are annotated in pencil; many, if not all, of the photographs are described on the reverse. The great majority of the images come in a standard 1 7/8” x 2 3/4”. Curiously, the photos are individually numbered in tiny digits in a corner, from 200 to 340 (with two missing photos near the end of the sequence - #327 and #329. Evidently this was one of a series of albums assembled at the time. Photos and corner tabs have been very carefully arranged and pasted within the album.
The last eight pages feature larger portraits - 2 1/2” x 3 1/2” - from which the two missing photos have been removed.
The most interesting feature of this album is probably the dozen-plus images of the Golden Gate International Exposition, held in 1939 and 1940; for which the rectangular Treasure Island had been constructed in 1936-7 in the San Francisco Bay. Two photos were taken at the House of Mystery in Gold Hill, Oregon. These travelers were also interested, it seems, in transportation accidents: numerous photos document a 1941 train wreck in Pleasanton, CA, and several more were taken of a car crash in Arizona that same year.