Album of photographs by Harvey Rexford Hitchcock Jr., containing 9 albumen prints and 19 tintypes, 1868, mounted in a period cabinet card album, ink note on card identifying photographer and date pasted on front free endpaper, manuscript index providing captions, the albumen prints lightly varnished, a few tintypes with surface deterioration, the album rubbed with loss of one enamel boss. Together with 7 related cabinet cards or smaller portraits. In all, 35 photographs.
An extraordinary photographic record of early Hilo.
Harvey Rexford Hitchcock Jr. [1835-1891] was the son of a Massachusetts missionary who arrived in Hawaii in around 1832. The younger Hitchcock was Superintendent of Schools, and is described in a newspaper of 1874 as an amateur photographer. A Hawaiian language reader with contributions by Hitchcock was published in Honolulu in 1871 (Forbes 2903), and his English-Hawaiian dictionary appeared in San Francisco in 1887. He became principal of Lahainaluna School in 1877, and is mentioned in that respect in Ray Jerome Baker's Honolulu in 1870 (p 26).
Album includes: Captain J. Worth's store on Front Street; "governess's premises"; Wailuku Bridge; "clump of bamboo, Waiolama"; corner of Waianuenue and Front; "?Kaipalua," a house with sign of [J].H. Coney; residence of W.H. Reed; "bamboo at governess's"; "Mokuola, Coconut Island"; ford to the same; Haili Church; Rainbow Falls with native Hawaiians in foreground; "boat landing ?Kaipalua"; "the 'Pots,' Wailuku River"; Hilo landing; "Pepu Falls, Wailuku"; parsonage of Rev. H. Thompson; view down Haili Street towards the Church from the corner of Ululani Street; a similar view; residence of Rev. Titus Coan (2 views); 3 general views seemingly forming a panorama; view with Mauna Kea in the distance; Wailoa (aka Waiakea) Pond; Wailoa Bridge; Court House. The additional portrait photographs include two believed to be of Hitchcock himself, by photographers in San Francisco and Willimantic, CT.