Nogales, Az. W.J. Neumann, 1909. Panoramic sepia-toned photograph, 4 1/2 x 12 inches, affixed to a thick card mount. Minor surface soiling and silvering to photograph, slight edge wear and small edge tear to mount, mild chipping to paper on verso of mount. Very good. Item #WRCAM55588
A small bird's-eye annotated panoramic photograph of Nogales, Arizona and Nogales, Mexico, showing the international border between the two cities drawn in manuscript in ink. The manuscript caption below the image reads, "Nogales, Arizona and Mexico 1909 1. Residence of A.J. Milliken [sic] 2. U.S. Immigration Office 3. U.S. Customs House 4. Mexican Guard House on line. 7000 Inhabitants." These locations are keyed to matching numbers identifying each of the buildings in the photograph. A.J. Milligan was the chief immigration officer in Nogales, and his home on a hill above the town is one of the four buildings identified in the manuscript caption. There is also a manuscript compass rose drawn next to the dotted borderline, and a small notation reading "S.P. Ry.," indicating the Southern Pacific Railroad that ran through Nogales at that time (currently owned and operated by the Union Pacific Railroad Company). The faint backstamp on the verso reads, "W.J. Neumann, Photographer. Kodaks, Amateur Supplies, Etc. Nogales, Ariz."