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[A Depression-Era Road Trip Album]

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[A Depression-Era Road Trip Album]

400.00

A travel album of nearly 300 images of alluring and uncommon quality, the majority chronicling a series of 1936-1937 road trips of a group of young men criss-crossing the United States and Mexico by car, likely students of the Worcester Polytechnic Institute. 

About 250 photographs, the majority landscape shots, are travel images, many intimate and artistic shots of the young men. Locations include Washington, DC, Mt. Katahdin (Maine), Lake Michigan, Niagara Falls, Yellow Stone, Death Valley, Boulder Dam, Various Locales in Mexico, etc... A series of 28 prints captures the aftermath of the 1938 New England Hurricane on the village of Bellow's Falls Vermont (likely the hometown of the album's compiler) and the balance typical domestic scenes or of the campus of WPI.

The album itself is almost certainly homemade, with stiff card boards crudely covered in black book cloth and bound with a black shoe string. A lovely glimpse from the advent of an ease of auto travel through the American expanse. 

[Photography] : [Travel] : [Americana]. [A Depression Era Road Trip Album]. Various: 1936-1938. Oblong 4to. album. Approximately 11" x 9." Black cloth over stiff boards. String bound through 2-holes at left margin. 296 black and white silver print snapshot photographs loosely fit into corner mounts to rectos and versos of 55 black paper leaves. Outer cloth worn, frayed in spots. Album likely homemade, not particularly sturdy, by design. A few leaves loose from at torn punch holes. Prints well preserved, neat. About very good overall.

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A travel album of nearly 300 images of alluring and uncommon quality, the majority chronicling a series of 1936-1937 road trips of a group of young men criss-crossing the United States and Mexico by car, likely students of the Worcester Polytechnic Institute. 

About 250 photographs, the majority landscape shots, are travel images, many intimate and artistic shots of the young men. Locations include Washington, DC, Mt. Katahdin (Maine), Lake Michigan, Niagara Falls, Yellow Stone, Death Valley, Boulder Dam, Various Locales in Mexico, etc... A series of 28 prints captures the aftermath of the 1938 New England Hurricane on the village of Bellow's Falls Vermont (likely the hometown of the album's compiler) and the balance typical domestic scenes or of the campus of WPI.

The album itself is almost certainly homemade, with stiff card boards crudely covered in black book cloth and bound with a black shoe string. A lovely glimpse from the advent of an ease of auto travel through the American expanse. 

[Photography] : [Travel] : [Americana]. [A Depression Era Road Trip Album]. Various: 1936-1938. Oblong 4to. album. Approximately 11" x 9." Black cloth over stiff boards. String bound through 2-holes at left margin. 296 black and white silver print snapshot photographs loosely fit into corner mounts to rectos and versos of 55 black paper leaves. Outer cloth worn, frayed in spots. Album likely homemade, not particularly sturdy, by design. A few leaves loose from at torn punch holes. Prints well preserved, neat. About very good overall.