[Real-Photo Postcard Publisher’s Colorado and Grand Canyon photo album]. Photographs [cover-title].
[Real-Photo Postcard Publisher’s Colorado and Grand Canyon photo album]. Photographs [cover-title].
[Real-Photo Postcard Publisher’s Colorado and Grand Canyon photo album]. Photographs [cover-title].
[Real-Photo Postcard Publisher’s Colorado and Grand Canyon photo album]. Photographs [cover-title].
[Real-Photo Postcard Publisher’s Colorado and Grand Canyon photo album]. Photographs [cover-title].
[Real-Photo Postcard Publisher’s Colorado and Grand Canyon photo album]. Photographs [cover-title].
[Real-Photo Postcard Publisher’s Colorado and Grand Canyon photo album]. Photographs [cover-title].
[Real-Photo Postcard Publisher’s Colorado and Grand Canyon photo album]. Photographs [cover-title].
[Real-Photo Postcard Publisher’s Colorado and Grand Canyon photo album]. Photographs [cover-title].
[Real-Photo Postcard Publisher’s Colorado and Grand Canyon photo album]. Photographs [cover-title].
[Real-Photo Postcard Publisher’s Colorado and Grand Canyon photo album]. Photographs [cover-title].
[Real-Photo Postcard Publisher’s Colorado and Grand Canyon photo album]. Photographs [cover-title].
[Real-Photo Postcard Publisher’s Colorado and Grand Canyon photo album]. Photographs [cover-title].
[Real-Photo Postcard Publisher’s Colorado and Grand Canyon photo album]. Photographs [cover-title].
[Real-Photo Postcard Publisher’s Colorado and Grand Canyon photo album]. Photographs [cover-title].
[Real-Photo Postcard Publisher’s Colorado and Grand Canyon photo album]. Photographs [cover-title].
[Real-Photo Postcard Publisher’s Colorado and Grand Canyon photo album]. Photographs [cover-title].
[Real-Photo Postcard Publisher’s Colorado and Grand Canyon photo album]. Photographs [cover-title].
[Real-Photo Postcard Publisher’s Colorado and Grand Canyon photo album]. Photographs [cover-title].
[Real-Photo Postcard Publisher’s Colorado and Grand Canyon photo album]. Photographs [cover-title].

[Real-Photo Postcard Publisher’s Colorado and Grand Canyon photo album]. Photographs [cover-title].

Colorado, Arizona, [ca. 1915]. 4to album (9.75” x 7”), black cloth over boards, paper label numbered “3280” at spine. 89 glossy silver prints (3” x 5”), mounted on black paperboard leaves in pre-cut windows. All photos captioned and numbered in manuscript on labels (1” x 1.5”), mounted in the bottom right or left corner. 8 additional photos taken in India. The inventory numbers on the photos range from 32800 to 32899.

A captivating western photo album, apparently from the files of an unidentified real photo postcard company, extensively documenting the operations of a Colorado cattle ranch, with additional scenic views, including some from a tour of the Grand Canyon.

This album includes numerous high quality shots taken on a ranch that may have been located in Royal Gorge, judging from one image captioned “house & ranch at upper end of Royal Gorge, Col.” These images, many of which are lively action shots, document the daily activities of the cowboys (and one cowgirl) on the ranch, including cattle round-up, branding, collecting horses, dinner at the chuck wagon, etc. Examples of captions include: “starting the round-up”; “watering the horses”; “fencing for round-up”; “collecting the horses”; “saddling ponies”; “catching a deserter”; “the modern cattle pony”; “riders prevent stampede”; “throwing the lasso”; “pulling out calve”; “keeping the irons hot”; “near view of branding marks”; and so forth.

The album also includes shots of canyons, trains, and a swing-bridge in Royal Gorge. Following a panoramic view of Denver (as seen from the capitol building), photos document excursions to Estes Park; Big Thomson Canyon; the Garden of the Gods; Odgen Canyon Lake (where a man is shown canoeing); a lookout post in Crystal Springs (upon which a group of people stand), and elevated views from Crystal Springs Park. Other images taken in Colorado show waterfalls; a snowy Pikes Peak; a museum in Denver; Hotel Antlers, and a Tuberculosis Sanatorium in Denver. A number of images here document a trip to the Grand Canyon. It appears that the compiler stayed at the Hotel El Tovar; one image shows the amazing view of the Canyon from the hotel. Several images capture the beautiful Hotel itself, which is located near a train station. Images taken in the Grand Canyon picture a party riding horseback on various named trails. Other evocative images show alfalfa blossoms and the plains. One striking image captures a Japanese bellboy who worked at the El Tovar Hotel.

A very appealing assemblage of photos documenting the Colorado scene in the early twentieth century.

CONDITION: Good, cloth torn at head of spine and separated along most of front hinge, small losses to cloth at covers; a handful of photos have spots of warping, two photos missing, photos very good overall.

Item #6820

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