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Gates, J W L ; or E Mc Math; or E. Schmelter ?)

Publication Date: 1911
Condition: Good
From Xerxes Fine and Rare Books and Documents (Glen Head, NY, U.S.A.)

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Photograph album of unknown male . Photographs on first 10 pages or so have location and date given; only a handful of later photographs are identified and/or dated. There is a newspaper clipping (August 16, 1911 Florida Morning Tribune) mounted with the photographs about three men taking a car ride from Thomasville to Tampa ("Pull out of mud with block and tackle") and identifies the 3 men as: J W L Gates, E McMath and E Schmelter. The article is followed by 12 photographs of the 3 men and their car trip, including the block and tackle and being pulled out of the mud; one of the photos even has "Thomasville to Tampa 1911" in ink on lower edge of image. seems very likely that the owner of this photo album was either Gates, McMath or Schmelter. There are quite a few pictures of Florida at the beginning but most of the photographs are of New York City (eg, the Bronx in 1909) and New York State. Photographs are dated from 1909 to 1922 (when they are dated which is not often.) They show a man, clearly an engineer, who was very interested in early aviation (there are several photographs of early airplanes flying in Mineola and Hempsted on Long Island and two short newspaper clippings tipped in with the photos about airplane crashes there. There is a photograph of a crashed plane next to the article so perhaps the album owner watched the crash. There are also many photographs of early cars. There is a internal shot of the office of F. Haryansen, Bridge Engineer of the Long Island Rail Road dated 1912 which hints that album owner worked at the LIRR. Later there is a view of the J. G. White Engineering Corporation, again suggesting owner was an engineer. Man later meets his wife- both are gunowners. They go camping, fishing and hunting often and do some skiing. The 430 photos are mostly quite small 1x2; 2x3 , 1-1/2x2-1/2 inches; a few are larger. Good but Album lacks cover completely. Photos are mounted on black paper 8-1/2 x 11 inches bound by heavy metal 3 ring bar. Almost all photographs are not identified. Several pictures of the album owner standing as he ages over the years. Pictures available on request. Bookseller Inventory # a93481

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Publication Date: 1911

Book Condition:Good

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