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Vues et photographies France, étranger, 1893-1898

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Vues et photographies France, étranger

Scope and Content of Collection

The first half of the album of mounted collodion prints contains approximately 50 images of naval vessels, in ports and at sea. Identified ports include Toulon, France and Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), Vietnam, while water views include the Dong-Nai River and the Indian Ocean. The majority of these vessels are French, but some photographs also depict Russian and Italian ships. The vessels are identified by name, and many captions also give the type of vessel, such as destroyer, battleship, or cruiser. There are multiple views of the French cruiser Du Chayla, including three views of crew members on the deck in 1898. The multiple views of the Du Chayla indicate that the album may have been assembled by a member of the French Navy who was serving aboard the vessel.

The second half of the album depicts views of French Indochina, including scenes of daily life, architecture, statuary, buildings, and other sites in cities such as Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), Mytho (Mỹ Tho), Cap Saint-Jacques, Vῖnh Long, Bển Lức, and Phnom Penh. Local inhabitants depicted include indigenous Cambodian and Vietnamese peoples as well as Chinese merchants and Indian families from Gujerat. Additionally, there are nine views of Toulon, France, including images of the port and local monuments.

The album is post-bound with red cloth covers, a red leather spine, and brass corners (the front cover is lacking its upper right corner); a brass plaque centered on the front cover is engraved with the title and date.

The titles of the individual photographs are taken from the French captions are written in black ink on the mounts below each image, unless otherwise noted.


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