HAWAII - LEPER COLONY Collection of 42 monochrome glass positives, [c.1900]
Lot 114
HAWAII - LEPER COLONY
Collection of 42 monochrome glass positives, [c.1900]
Sold for £750 (US$ 1,244) inc. premium
Lot Details
HAWAII - LEPER COLONY
Collection of 42 monochrome glass positives, with black surrounds and labels of the Maison de la Bonne Presse, Paris, with captions in manuscript, a few with photographers credited in the image, in contemporary wooden box, images 50 x 70mm., [c.1900]

Footnotes

  • In 1865 King Kamehameha V established leper colonies in the remote Kalawao County on the island of Molokai. The first Catholic volunteer to work at the colonies was Father Damien, later Saint Damien of Molokai, who arrived in 1873. He caught leprosy himself and died in 1889. Championed by Robert Louis Stevenson, Father Damien was eventually beatified in 1995.

    The present series was issued by the Maison de la Bonne Presse, a Parisian publisher of Catholic journals and newspapers which from the late 1890s distributed magic lanterns and slides to promote the faith. Images include: Father Damien aged 20, aged 33, with severe leprosy, and on his deathbed (4); buildings constructed by the Catholic mission (5); lepers (9); numerous general views of the areas around Kalawao County; several members of the church; King David Kalakaua and Princess Liliuokalani. Photographers include G. Bertram and J.A. Gonsalves.
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