Hamilton Grapes May 1, 1907 Tauranga'. Album 2 titled in pen on front cover'Photographic Album' and inscribed on inside of front cover'"Eve in Wonderland" A photographic record of her visit to the Thermal Sights of Rotorua, New Zealand. Compiled and dedicated to his little daughter by her loving Daddy Wad.
Total of 105 gelatin silver photographs [51 and 54 respectively], each approx. 15.5cm x 11cm, or a tiny bit larger or smaller. Photos laid down on thick card mounts.
Vast majority of photographs caption on mounts underneath or above in a neat manuscript hand. Size of albums: each 18.5cm x 15.5cm. Photographs in Very Good condition, on the whole retaining strong tones and with very little age-toning. Light surface marking or scuffs to some photos.
Albums with some rubbing to edges and corners. Tauranga album with staining and marking to front cover.
Both albums complete with nothing removed and no missing stubs. Bindings a trifle shaken but all pages still attached, and all holding together well. See gallery images and the description for many additional images to help you assess condition.
A fascinating pair of photograph albums compiled by a fruit farmer with the unlikely name Hamilton Grapes, and with gift inscriptions to his daughters (Eve and Ainal), showing agricultural and family life in and around Tauranga, on the east coast of North Island, New Zealand. The albums contain a total of 105 gelatin silver photographs, which mainly retain strong tones.The contemporary ink captions prove useful in identifying places and people. Hamilton Grapes apparently owned the first motor car in Tauranga, so obviously did well out of fruit growing. The first album, entitled'Photographic Views of Tauranga', shows views of farms and orchards in and around Tauranga, including some of the government experimental farm in the Judea district and several of the Collingwood Fruit Farm, which grew cherries, oranges and peaches. There are also some view of Mildura and a few local panoramas such as'Collingwood from Tauranga'. Other places shown include the main wharf and harbour front in Tauranga, as well as Cattle Wharf, the post office from Durham Reboubt,'The Domain', Mount Manganui [Maunganui], Cameron Road,'The Pines', the church, the mount, the school, some family shots showing Grapes and his wife and daughters, another of some female friends,'Willows Rest', three of a native Maori woman, possibly a nanny, (including one with her son on her back, and another with both sitting alongside the daughter of a settler, captioned'Where East meets West').
The second album has the title'Eve in Wonderland' and focusses mainly on a trip to the Rotorua thermal springs. Views include'The Boiling Rachel Pool' (apparently today called the Whangapipiro Rachel Pool), Lily Pond Sanitorium, a group of Maori children captioned'The Fourpenny Haka', Queen's Drive, the Sunken Pah at Ohinemutu, the Toi Toi pond, Mud geyser at Kuran,'Maori Whares, old and new, Ohinemutu', an extinct geyser at Whakarewarewa, boiling pools at the Huran, Malfroy geysers, a Maori meeting house captioned'Taharangi', various other scenes in and around town, many featuring Grapes's daughter (or Grapes himself) inc. One captioned'The Brain pot, Whakarewarewa - Don't boil me Daddy', the Maori church alongside the Sunken Pah, Keren Geyser, Kiosk Pond and Te Renunga, Pohutu Cauldron, Wairoa Geyser, Monument Pond, the Duke's Arch, a Boer War memorial, the bowling green, geysers from the old fighting Pah, a Rotorua panoramic shot, Whaka Geysers, a Pah entrance,'Yachting on the hot lakes', tennis courts, Bathgate lily pond, Ohimemutu with Ngongotaha mountain in the background, and'An "Albion" Public Service Motor Car', and another showing Grapes standing alongside the same vehicle. [please scroll down for images].The item "1907 2 x photograph albums Tauranga and Rotorua NEW ZEALAND maori" is in sale since Tuesday, May 29, 2018. This item is in the category "Collectables\Photographic Images\Antique (Pre-1940)\Photographs". The seller is "kernoozers" and is located in Ascot.
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