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Asia photograph collection

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y302G

Scope and Contents

An untitled album of photographs measuring generally between 65 x 110 mm and 210 x 165 mm, uncaptioned and undated, save one which is a postcard of a man and a woman, on the reverse is written: ‘Sunday, 24th July 38. The album contains a number of blank pages. Subjects include life on a ship (including images of the crew in fancy dress), buildings, groups of people, a ship-wreck, a boat ran aground, harbour scenes, two obituaries (C. Williams. A.B. H.M.S. Kent, killed at Hong Kong Dockyard Nov 18 1910, aged 20 and Michael George Males, ‘who fell asleep 17th September 1926, Aged 34 years’), and a seated portrait of M. Franklin Roosevelt, President of the United States of America. There are also three newspaper/magazine cuttings pasted in: two recipes, and an article ‘How to keep well’ by Dr. T.R. Van Dellen. The owner of this album can be seen in photographs 31, 33, 37 and 232, identified by an arrow.


  • Creation: 1910 - 1940

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Biographical / Historical

The name of the owner of this album (c.1870-c.1960) is not known. He was an officer in the British Navy during the Opium war around 1910. According to a note accompanying the album, written by Marian Gray (and ‘brought by David McNeil’) he was a resident of Forest Nursing Home in (?) Avondale around 1960 when he was almost 90 years old. He died soon afterwards.


260 item(s) (260 images)

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Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

The album is in poor condition: the spine is coming away from the album and some pages are loose, and others torn. The photographs themselves are in fair condition, with some fading and yellowing.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Received from Oriental and India Office Collections, the British Library in April 1997. The album was originally held by the Cincinnati Museum Centre, Cincinnati Historical Society, who passed it to the British Library in December 1996.


This collection level description was entered by WS.

Date information

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Includes index.
2007-03-01 14:44:41+00:00
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