Howard H. Pruyn, compilers Miami.

Hamilton, Bermuda and vicinity; New York City; Adirondacks region, New York, etc., [1899]. Oblong 4to photo album (215 x 270 mm), half black leather with purple cloth over boards. 125 photographs (silver prints and bromide prints), 90 x 90 mm–120 x 170 mm, mounted on larger leaves; 1 brochure, 226 x 170 mm, 4 pp., containing double-page map, 277 x 190 mm.

A lively photo album of a trip to Bermuda and back to New York, capturing the local populace and various scenes from around the beautiful island and the capital city of Hamilton.

This album primarily documents a trip to Bermuda on March 1-3, 1899 undertaken by Howard and Miami Pruyn aboard the S.S. Trinidad of the Quebec Steamship Company, as well as the Pruyn’s return to New York City. Ninety one of the photographs were taken in Bermuda. Included is a Quebec Steamship Company brochure containing a map of the ship’s route from New York to Bermuda, featuring a passenger list with the Pruyn’s names underlined in pencil. The album commences with a series of photos documenting the Trinidad’s arrival in Hamilton Harbour, with images of the ship, a pilot boat, and a crowd on the docks awaiting the ship’s arrival. The Pruyn’s stay at the Hamilton House, which is featured in several photos. On the steps of the hotel a Bermudan man is pictured playing banjo with a young girl on the tambourine. One playful photo, captioned "Pruyn's Sunday School Class," shows Howard addressing a throng of smiling Bermudan children who are dressed up for church. Another amusing photo, captioned “Two Jackasses,” features a donkey cart and its wary looking driver, presumably Howard Pruyn. Young Bermudan children evidently captured the couple’s attention, as many photos of them are included, featuring such captions as “Our Mascot ‘Stanley’” and “Five Blackbirds.” Various shots capture scenes from around Bermuda, some of which are taken from elevated vantage points: beaches, bays, churches, concerts in the park, one game of football, the city of Hamilton, and its the harbor. Several photos show the Worcester Regiment of the British Army (stationed in Bermuda) conducting drills.

The couple’s return to New York City shortly after a blizzard is documented in six photographs. Appended to the album is a series of thirteen images of a family stay in a log cabin, apparently in the Adirondacks, as well as photos of Niagara Falls and a few other upstate New York subjects.

Howard H. Pruyn (1856–1920) was a prominent lumberman and businessman of Mechanicville, New York, with extensive lumber ties in the Adirondacks and throughout America. Pruyn and his son Kenyon (b. 1888) founded Pruyn Lumber and Supply Co. in 1915, a wholesale and retail lumber and supply plant in Mechanicville.

An engaging photo album documenting Bermuda as viewed and experienced by an affluent American couple at the end of the nineteenth century.

CONDITION: Spine perished, front cover detached, some leaves detached, photos generally very good.

REFERENCES: Long, John W., Arthur R. Carr. The New York Lumber Trade Journal. New York: 1920, p. 37; Paper: Devoted to the Manufacture, Sale and Use of Pulp and Paper, Volume 15. New York: Paper Inc., 1915, p. 36.

Item #4464

Price: $1,500.00

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