[Japan; Hong Kong; India; Nepal; Sri Lanka; Egypt. 1921-1922]. 187 original photographs, measuring from 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 to 6 x 8 inches, plus several photo postcards and commercial images. Original black cloth boards, gilt lettered, string tied. Photos in corner mounts on black card stock leaves. Album leaves slightly chipped at edges, a few mounts detached. Item #WRCAM54332
An engaging vernacular photographic account of an American couple's world tour by cargo liner, the SHINYO MARU, in 1921 and 1922. The pair travelled from San Francisco via Hawaii to Japan, then through Southeast Asia to India and Sri Lanka, and thence through the Gulf of Aden to Egypt, where the album concludes. The album records life on board the ship, including images of the couple and other passengers on deck, playing organized games, and at a costume party, but primarily focuses on the various locales visited. The section documenting Japan is fairly detailed, and the travellers clearly spent a fair amount of time there -- they visited Tokyo, Nikko, Nagoya, Nara, and Kyoto, and the album contains several images of them in each place. After a short section of photos taken in Ceylon, the most extensive portion of the album documents their travels from the southern tip of India north to Bombay, Calcutta, and Agra. They also visit Madras, Jaipur, and Delhi, demonstrating the breadth of the Indian leg of their tour. The final section of images depicts a portion of their experience in Egypt, prominently featuring the Sphinx and neighboring pyramids. A very interesting and wide-ranging photo document of an American world tour, principally through Asia, in the early 1920s.