1937. Stock ID #164474
30pp of stiffened card containing 57 images. Of these, 43 are post cards and 14 are photographs. Spiral bound with stiffened red card covers, edges worn, and pages browned, first page is loose. 28.5 x 23.5cm. An album of photographs and postcards compiled by an unknown Japanese visitor to Australia and other parts of the Pacific and Southeast Asia in 1937. The first group of images of Australia are postcards of scenes in Sydney, including Sydney Harbour and its bridge, Hyde Park, Taronga Park ad Farm Cove, Bondi Beach and Balmoral Beach, and St. Andrew's Cathedral. These are followed by photos taken (presumably by the traveller himself) in New Caledonia, including a view over Noumea and a portrait of a group of New Caledonians. There are several very carefully labelled photos of tropical fruit, and one of a coffee plantation, which suggests that the traveller may have been particularly interested in plantation agriculture. Two pages of the album are filled with studio portrait or postcard images of Southeast Asia women, on labelled "Balinese woman". On the final pages of the album are several commercially produced photos of Brisbane, including images of the Customs House, Victoria Bridge and Edward Street.
One of the more prolific Sydney photographic studios in the interwar years was Carlton Studios of Darlinghurst. At least 6,000 images of Sydney and suburbs appear on Carlton cards. Carlton recorded events as well as popular locations and so the visual legacy of his work is strongly historic in nature. Like many post card publishers he returned to the same location over time to photograph and so the images also become an invaluable record of urban change. Many Carlton cards have handwritten text “Carlton series” ‘D’ Hurst” Sydney Copyright, in cursive form in the lower left or right corner of the image. There are also five postcards of Brisbane in the "Sidues" series from the same era. (When referring to this item please quote stockid 164474).
Price: $325.00 AU