[Nome, Juneau, and other locations in Alaska. ca. 1900]. Twenty-four tipped-in photographs, with printed captions, each photograph approximately 3 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches. Contemporary brown wrappers. Some scuffing to spine. Minor fading to images. Very good. Item #WRCAM54024
An excellent collection of vernacular photographs of Alaska around the turn of the 20th century, with printed captions beneath the images containing valuable information for identification of the images. The majority of the album captures images of Nome when it was a thriving boom town shortly after the 1898 discovery of gold. One of the captions covering three of the photographs reads, "Mining on the Beach. Nome, Alaska." Other views include Nome from a distance, showing the hundreds of tents housing the prospectors; the house in Nome belonging to one of the album organizer's friends; sled dog teams delivering water; six views taken on the Fourth of July, including a parade of sled dogs passing in front of Wyatt Earp's Dexter Saloon, draped in patriotic ribbons; the Hunter Saloon, titled "the finest in Nome," and Northern Saloon, similarly decorated for Independence Day; the J.F. Giese Hardware Store, occupying the "finest building in Nome;" five views of Juneau, including a street scene, a brewery housed in the first church in Juneau, and an enormous canoe named the "Whalekiller"; totem poles in Wrangle, Alaska; and the Muir Glacier near Skagway. Photographs from the time period near the Alaskan Gold Rush are rare, especially in an album as well-organized and well-identified as this one.