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Souvenir d'Algérie, 1889

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Souvenir d'Algérie

Scope and Content of Collection

The 78 albumen photographs in these two portfolios, taken by an unidentified amateur photographer in 1889, comprise typical tourist views as well as images of a more quotidian nature, indicating that they are the personal documentation of the maker's extended stay as a French colonial in Algeria. Included are scenes of city workers and the marketplace; views of women tending graves in a cemetery and carrying bundles in the street; images of a coachman in Arab-style livery driving a horse and buggy and riding a trotting horse; views of a man in Western dress feeding chickens and tending a garden; and photographs of local flora (two captions record the time of year and the height of the plants) and floral arrangements or baskets of plants. Several photographs labeled "études" or "études d'instantané" depict dogs and horses in motion, suggesting the artistic or scientific interests of the photographer.

The photographs are housed in two red cloth tie portfolios with gilt-stamped titles. They are mounted on 55 heavy card stock with letterpress French captions and irregular enumeration (ranging from 123 to 914; three photographs are unnumbered). Most mounts contain two photographs.

Arrangement

Arranged by negative numbers as they appear on the mounts, with the number for the upper image coming first (ie. in some cases the higher number is assigned to the upper photograph on the mount).




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