[Yokohama. 1920-1921]. 230 original photographs, measuring from 2 1/2 x 1 3/4 to 6 x 4 1/2 inches. Oblong large octavo. Contemporary cloth boards, with hand-drawn pen and ink Japanese emblems and symbols, string tied. Light wear to edges and corners of boards. Photos mounted directly to heavy card stock album leaves, extensively captioned in manuscript. Minor mirroring and fading to a few images, but overall very good. Item #WRCAM54330
An extensive and cohesive photograph album containing two hundred thirty images that document a year spent in Yokohama by American businessman F.C. Thompson, who managed the Japanese office of the Dollar Steamship Line, one of the largest and most successful American shipping lines of the era. Thompson lived in Japan and worked for the shipping company for almost the entire interwar period, so this album documents one of his first years as an expatriate. Yokohama had a sizeable American expatriate community during this period, and this album depicts Thompson himself and with a number of his circle of friends and associates (most of whom are identified in accompanying captions) around the city and at various haunts. These include the Grand Hotel, the Bund, the Oriental Palace Hotel, the Rowing and Yacht Clubs, the Country and Athletic. The images also show several steamships and some of their crew, belonging to the Dollar Steamship Line and also to the Pacific Mail Steamship Company. A short series of photos show expatriates engaged in various sporting activities, including a rugby match, motorcycling, sailing, and aquaplaning. The album also depicts numerous local street scenes and Japanese people working at various occupations throughout the city. The final portion of the album documents a vacation in the Japanese countryside, with excellent landscape and architectural images, ultimately ending at Mt. Fuji. An outstanding, thoroughly captioned album that documents many aspects of life as an American expatriate executive in Japan as well as Yokohama and its environs at the beginning of the Roaring Twenties.