[Oakland. 1927]. Twenty-eight silver gelatin photographs, each approximately 4 x 6 1/2 inches. Each photograph backed with canvas and with a detailed typed caption on verso. Oblong octavo. Ring-bound flexible leather boards. Upper 1 1/2-inch portion of spine and front cover chipped away. Covers rubbed, crude repairs to spine, toning and minor wear to photographs. Very good. In a cloth box. Item #WRCAM55131
An unusual album featuring boats and canoes manufactured by the King Boat Company of California. Many of the photographs are dated 1927, and the album serves not only as a visual catalogue of various boats available from the King Boat Company, but also as a document of water travel in Alaska, California, and the Pacific Northwest in the 1920s. The canvas backing on the first and last images bears the inkstamped name of F.R. Frederick, a distributor based in Boston. Whether this album was prepared by Frederick or by the King Boat Company is unclear. What is clear is that these are very interesting images of various King Boat Company boats and canoes in use. Nine are identified as having been photographed by "Lewis R. Freeman, Noted Explorer and Writer for National Geographic Magazine, on Thousand Mile Canadian Trip. Summer of 1927," a tenth is an image of Freeman with an Arrow Boat. Freeman, a noted traveler, explorer, and writer, published over twenty books on his travels. Other images reveal "Arrow Model on Heart Lakes in the High Sierra - 11,500 Feet Elevation. Colonel H.G. Thompson at the Oars"; "Boat owned by T. Wherry, Taxidermist, Victoria, B.C. was built in 1893 and in service for over 34 years up to November 1927, on display in King Boat Company Factory, Oakland, California"; a couple images of canoes loaded on pack horses; several of Henry W. Partridge, "Noted Packer" navigating the Salmon River in Idaho; images of boats in Alaska and the Yukon; and several others of boats on shore, in use as shelters, or otherwise employed.