[PHOTOGRAPHIC ALBUM SAMPLE BOOK] King Boat Company.
[Oakland, California]: King Boat Company, 1927. Ring-bound flexible leather boards, preserved in custom clamshell box. 28 toned gelatin silver prints, each 6 1/2 x 4 1/4 inches, backed with canvas. Quite worn with crude repairs, losses to head of spine and upper cover, pale staining to upper margins of the first few photos.
Fascinating album containing images of various King Boat Company boats and canoes. Nine are identified as having been photographed by "Lewis R. Freeman, Noted Explorer and Writer for National Geographic Magazine, on Thousand Mile Canadian Trip. Summer of 1927." There is also a photo of Freeman with an Arrow Boat. Freeman wrote over twenty books on his travels, including Many Rivers (1937) [see: Biscotti, p. 149; Heller 109].
The typed captions on the versos of the photos include "Arrow Model on Heart Lakes in the High Sierra - 11,500 Feet Elevation. Colonel H. G. Thompson at the Oars"; "Boat owned by T. Wherry, Taxidermist, Victoria, B. C. was built in 1893 and in service for over 34 years up to November 1927, on display in King Boat Company Factory, Oakland, California." Some other images depict canoes loaded on pack horses; several of "Noted Packer" Henry W. Partridge navigating the Salmon River in Idaho; boats in Alaks and the Yukon; etc. Two with the rubber stamp of F. R. Frederick, Distributor, of Boston. A possibly unique item with compelling images.
C Estate of Arnold 'Jake' Johnson
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