MIDWAY ATOLL and HAWAII Album containing approximately 370 photographs relating to the arrival of the first Pacific telegraph cable at Midway
Lot 28
MIDWAY ATOLL and HAWAII
Album containing approximately 370 photographs relating to the arrival of the first Pacific telegraph cable at Midway
£3,000 - 4,000
US$ 5,000 - 6,600
Auction Details
Lot Details
MIDWAY ATOLL and HAWAII
Album containing approximately 370 photographs relating to the arrival of the first Pacific telegraph cable at Midway, gelatin silver prints, various sizes, captioned below, contemporary cloth, oblong folio, 1903-1912; together with 3 similar albums of Honolulu, c.1905 (4)

Footnotes

  • The Commercial Pacific Cable Company's privately-financed Pacific telegraph link from San Francisco to China - via Hawaii, Guam and the Philippines - was finished in July 1903, with the final section being between Midway and Honolulu.
    Images include: Japanese bird hunters (because of whose presence Roosevelt placed the islands under US Navy control); panoramic views showing the temporary cable station; on the beach, hauling in the end of the cable; receiving the first message from the Guam cable, June 1903; numerous groups with sitters identified; "A game of Baseball, Christmas Day 1906, Marines v. Cable Station", illustrated; visiting ships and passengers; the more developed cable station in 1911; tennis; trophy ulua fish; various studies of albatross; Guam (approximately 30 images); Yap Island during the laying of the Guam-Yap cable (9). Honolulu images include: "Moanalua, Estate of S.M. Damon"; Diamond Head with surfers; "Auto of M. Campbell". A few images depict Pearl Harbor on the island of Oahu ("Bungalow of W.W. Hall"; canoeing; 4th of July Regatta).
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