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Photographic album of Rangoon, circa 1896

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Photographic album of Rangoon

Scope and Content of Collection

Photographic album of Rangoon contains 47 cyanotype views of businesses, government buildings and local monuments in Rangoon and Mandalay. Each photograph is paired with a full-page advertisement on the opposing page. Views of the businesses are either of the building exteriors or of the shop interiors; some businesses are represented by both. Businesses depicted include general outfitters; provisioners; haberdashers; boot, shoe and saddle makers; purveyors of wine and spirits; chemists; tobacconists; sellers of pianos and other musical instruments; stationers, booksellers and publishers; banks; and coach works. Among the businesses depicted are the photography studio and supplier of photographic goods, Watt & Skeen, and the American Baptist Mission Press, a printing, publishing and stationery house run by the American Baptist Mission. Also included is the Irrawaddy Flotilla Company, represented by a view of its steamer. While the accompanying advertisements often list businesses as having establishments in both Rangoon and Mandalay, all but a few of the views depict Rangoon locations.

In addition to business establishments, a few views of local monuments, sites and government buildings are present. These include the post office; government house; the public buildings; the Cantonment Garden; and the Shwedagon Pagoda, and the palace at Mandalay. Opposing these photographs are advertisements for business establishments not depicted in the album. Of particular note is a half-page advertisement for the photographer Felice Beato's decorative arts business, with stores in both Rangoon and Mandalay, declaring that Signor F. Beato is a dealer in "Burmese carved work, silverware, embroideries, handmade washing silks, curios, old arms; ivory carvings, etc."

The title on the album's title page reads in full: Photographic Album of Rangoon, Comprising the Leading Business Houses, and Views of the City and Mandalay. The title on the front cover reads: Photographic Album of Rangoon and Mandalay.

The album is bound in blue cloth with the title in gilt on the front cover. A binder's ticket on the rear paste-down reads: Bound at the / American Baptist Mission / Press. Rangoon.


Arranged in a single series:
Series I. Photographic album of Rangoon, ca. 1896.

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