String-tied cloth boards reinforced with tape. 12” x 13” (2.5” thickness), soiling to covers. 33 leaves (chipping and edgewear, some pages brittle) filled with photos and ephemera on all rectos and versos. 126 photographs, profusely captioned on pages (and many with notations on versos), most in corner mounts, some black and white, others sepia toned. Ephemera mounted throughout (tickets, postcards, receipts, clippings, park brochures, a State of CA Department of Employment card, a map of Banff National Park, and much more). The women are seen in the images camping and fishing, lounging, and posing at different sites.
In May 1955, the female compiler of this album [not identified] left New Orleans by way of Jackson, Mississippi, and met one Shirley and her mother in Tennessee, crossed the Mississippi River, and continued the journey with another woman named Alice. They spent time at Rocky Mountain National Park, Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Grand Canyon National Park, and Yosemite National Park, arriving in Sacramento, California, on June 12. In California they were joined by two men, George and L.M., who appear in a number of photos. They arrive in San Francisco (with George and L.M. and another man, Carl) on July 10 and then later in the month take a trip to Virginia City, Nevada. On August 5 they left for Canada, driving through the Redwoods and arriving outside Portland on August 8, visiting Mount Rainier National Park and Olympic National Park. They arrived in Vancouver on August 12 before stopping at Banff National Park and the Columbia Ice-Field in Alberta. Their final stops are Glacier National Park in Montana and Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, finally completing their trip in Nashville on August 19.
An exhaustively detailed summer cross-country trip (and back) with some fantastic images and ephemera that captures four adventurous women on their journeys in midcentury America. Item #823