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These original photographs are NOT for sale.
Do you need 'one time use' of Alaska
historical photographs for your research or publication?
For a fee I will provide access (like a
stock photo agency) to the images in my
extensive private collection, which is particularly strong
in Alaska photographs from the 1870's through the 1880's.
of these important images have been acquired over a lifetime
of intensive collecting, and can be found nowhere else.
The fee depends on what you need the image for or the nature
of the publication.
As time permits I will add the titles of images in
my collection. I have especially strong holdings of Brodeck,
Ingersoll, Partridge, Davidson, McIntyre, Broadbent, Continent
CDV's (Cartes de Visite)
Full standing portrait of
Illarion Ivanovich Arkhimandritov (aka Arkhimandritoff), skipper
of the Russian-American Company barque Kadi'ak, who
charted Cook Inlet for Tebenkov's atlas. CDV taken in San
Four cdv's of Robert
Cdv sitting portrait
(signed) of Eduard Stoeckl who managed the negotiations for the
sale of Russian America to the United States.
Numerous cdv's of William
Cdv of Eduard Stoeckl,
William H. Seward, and other Russian dignitaries, in Upstate New
Head & shoulders cdv of
Herbert Gouverneur Ogden of the U.S. Coast Survey in Alaska.
Jefferson F. Moser, rear
admiral, and author of the important Alaska salmon studies.
Head & shoulders cdv of
Captain C. L. Hooper of the U.S. Coast Survey in Alaska.
Head & shoulders cdv of
Major-general O. O. Howard.
Head & shoulders cdv of General H.
Full standing portrait of a Siberian
Chuckchi man dressed in furs, probably a reindeer herder.
Two full standing cdv portraits of
Ebierbing (with harpoon) and Tookoolito. They were often referred
to as Joe and Hannah. Ebierbing and Tookoolito were Inuit who
helped in the survival of half the Charles Francis Hall
expedition's Polaris crew. The party was stranded on an ice floe
and abandoned by their ship in 1871. (see the book "Midnight
to the North : an untold story of the woman who saved the Polaris
Expedition", by Sheila Nickerson).
Two cdv's of engravings by Frederick
Whymper, one of Petropavlosk, the other of Sitka.
CDV of a crew member of the USS Alaska
taken in Peru.
Sitting portrait by Chase of Honolulu of
Whaling Captain E. R. Ashley of the whaleship Governor Troup,
who narrowly escaped from the Confederate Raider Shenandoah, in
the Bering Sea, at the end of the Civil War.
CDV of Major Scott Chappel,
Chief Quartermaster of the Russian American Telegraph Expedition
(aka Western Union Telegraph Expedition, Collins Overland
Telegraph), taken in San Francisco by Bradley & Rulofson,
circa 1866 (has a 2¢ tax stamp on reverse).
CDV. Full standing portrait
of Captain William Lewis in top hat, taken in San Francisco by
Bailey. Captain Lewis was a partner in Lewis, Anderson &
Company, ship chandlers of San Francisco. Capt Lewis built the
steam whaling bark Mary & Helen, of New Bedford,
Massachusetts, renamed the Rodgers when it was purchased by the
government for the Jeanette search expedition. Capt Lewis invented
steam-whaling in the North Pacific & Alaska, and also invented
and manufactured whaling guns and devices in New Bedford, Mass.
CDV of whaling captain Horace M. Newbury, wearing full arctic gear (seal skin parka with
hood, caribou fur pants, mukluks, mitts) and holding a
double-barreled percussion-cap shotgun. His fur pants are
especially fancy. "Photographed by Giles Bishop, 22 State
Street, New London, Conn". From a New London, Connecticut,
estate. Horace Newbury's whaling
ship Paiea was one of the 32 vessels
destroyed by ice in the famous Northern Alaska whaling disaster
of 1871. He and 1218 others were rescued and made it out to
Hawaii before winter set in. In later years Horace Newbury was known in Groton, Connecticut, as an amateur doctor.
Original CDV of
"Khanalpooginuk" (a.k.a. Khanal pooginuk), the Wandering Koryak,
who is mentioned in Tent Life
in Siberia by George Kennan (Russian-American Telegraph
"Just as Viushin was
filling up our cups for the third time, the skin curtain of the
low doorway at our side was lifted up, and the most
extraordinary figure which I ever beheld in Kamchatka crawled
silently in, straightened up to its full height of six feet, and
stood majestically before us. It was an ugly, dark-featured man
about thirty years of age. He was clothed in a scarlet
dress-coat with blue facings and brass buttons, with long
festoons of gold cord hung across the breast, trousers of black,
greasy deerskin, and fur boots. His hair was closely shaven from
the crown of his head, leaving a long fringe of lank, uneven
locks hanging about his ears and forehead. Long strings of small
coloured beads depended from his ears, and over one of them he
had plastered for future use a huge quid of masticated tobacco.
About his waist was tied a ragged sealskin thong, which
supported a magnificent silver-hilted sword and embossed
scabbard. His smoky, unmistakably Korak face, shaven head,
scarlet coat, greasy skin trousers, gold cord, sealskin belt,
silver-hilted sword, and fur boots, made up such a remarkable
combination of glaring contrasts that we could do nothing for a
moment but stare at him in utter _amazement_. He reminded me of
"Talipot, the Immortal Potentate of Manacabo, Messenger of the
Morning, Enlightener of the Sun, Possessor of the Whole Earth,
and Mighty Monarch of the Brass-handled Sword."
"Who are you?" suddenly demanded the Major, in
Russian. A low bow was the only response. "Where in the name of
Chort did you come from?" Another bow. "Where did you get that
coat? Can't you say something? Ay! Meranef! Come and talk to
this--fellow, I can't make him say anything." Dodd suggested
that he might be a messenger from the expedition of Sir John
Franklin, with late advices from the Pole and the North-west
Passage, and the silent owner of the sword bowed affirmatively,
as if this were the true solution of the mystery. "Are you a
pickled cabbage?" suddenly inquired Dodd in Russian. The Unknown
intimated by a very emphatic bow that he was. "_He_ doesn't
understand anything!" said Dodd in disgust; "where's Meranef?"
Meranef soon made his appearance, and began questioning the
mysterious visitor in a scarlet coat as to his residence, name,
and previous history. For the first time he now found a voice.
"What does he say?" asked the Major; "what's his name?"
"He says his name is Khanalpooginuk."
"Where did he get that coat and sword?"
"He says 'the Great White Chief' gave it to him
for a dead reindeer." This was not very satisfactory, and
Meranef was instructed to get some more intelligible
information. Who the "Great White Chief" might be, and why he
should give a scarlet coat and a silver-hilted sword for a dead
reindeer, were questions beyond our ability to solve. Finally,
Meranef's puzzled face cleared up, and he told us that the coat
and sword had been presented to the Unknown by the Emperor, as a
reward for reindeer given to the starving Russians of Kamchatka
during a famine. The Korak was asked if he had received no paper
with these gifts, and he immediately left the tent, and returned
in a moment with a sheet of paper tied up carefully with
reindeer's sinews between a couple of thin boards. This paper
explained everything. The coat and sword had been given to the
present owner's father, during the reign of Alexander I., by the
Russian Governor of Kamchatka as a reward for succour afforded
the Russians in a famine. From the father they had descended to
the son, and the latter, proud of his inherited distinction, had
presented himself to us as soon as he heard of our arrival. He
wanted nothing in particular except to show himself, and after
examining his sword, which was really a magnificent weapon, we
gave him a few bunches of tobacco and dismissed him. We had
hardly expected to find in the interior of Kamchatka any relics
of Alexander I., dating back to the time of Napoleon."
This photograph of Khanal Pooginuk was taken in Cincinnati. I
don't know if he travelled to Cincinnati, but Cincinnati was
the home of homeopathic
doctor J. H. Pulte, who in 1849 was the first to propose a
telegraph line across Alaska and Siberia. Pulte submitted a proposal to the US
government but was turned down. His dream was nearly
realized when the Russian-American
Telegraph Expedition attempted this telegraph route.
Two 1870's CDV's of Aleut
James Butrin of the Pribilof Islands, who was sent to Vermont for
his education. One CDV portrait of the young boy when he arrived
in Vermont, the other taken when he graduated. He returned to
teach in the Pribilof Islands, but, tragically, soon died. These
are probably the earliest photographs of an Alaska Native
1865 CDV of George
Washington De Long, sitting in the photographer's chair in his
uniform. US Naval Academy Class of 1865. This is probably his
graduation photograph. Backmark of J. D. Fowler, Newport, Rhode
Island, opposite the Naval Academy, with a 2 cent orange revenue
stamp. De Long was Lt. Commander and leader of the ill fated 1879
Jeannette Expedition to the Arctic in search of the north pole.
CDV of a very young Adolphus
W. Greely as a captain during the Civil War. "A. W. Greely,
Captain, 81st U.S. Colored Infantry." Signed.
Two CDV portraits of Clipper Ship
captain Samuel Ropes Curwen of Salem, Massachusetts. Master of the
Golden West to California, etc. Member of the San Francisco
Vigilance Committee. Both cartes de visite have Salem backstamps.
CDV of Sullivan Dorr Ames
(head & shoulders portrait) who was a Lieutenant Commander on
the USS Resaca at the transfer ceremony at Sitka in 1867. By the
photographers Duchochois & Klauser, 630 Broadway, N.Y.,
identified on the back as "Lieut Sullivan D. Ames." See
Beardslee pages 120-122 for an account of the severe storm they
endured while at Sitka:
CDV of Captain Moses Rogers by Bradley
& Rulofson of San Francisco, circa 1860s. Rogers was a
Columbia River Bar pilot and also commanded the United States
CDV copy of a daguerreotype identified as W.
H. Winter by Flanders & Vance photographers of San
Francisco. I believe this is a photograph of William Henry
Winter, author of (with Overton Johnson) "Route Across the
Rocky Mountains." William Henry Winter was born in Vigo
County, Indiana. In 1843 he traveled to Oregon and on to
California in 1844. In 1845 he returned to Indiana and
published his book. He led a group to California in 1849 and
returned to Indiana in 1850. He returned to California in 1853
where he was a vintner in Napa County. He lived in California
until his death in 1879.
CDVs of John Sessions Bishop
(1849-1951) taken in 1878, aged 18, and E Della Bishop, taken
in 1876 aged 14. By Bradley & Rulofson, San Francisco, CA.
Their father was Sereno Edwards Bishop, pioneer Hawaii
missionary. The Bancroft library has a copy of John Sessions
Bishop's 1945 memoir "The Life of a Boy in Paradise", 45
<>The carte de visite is a wonderful
format of early photography.
<> The negative was 2 1/4 x 3 1/2 inches,
resulting in a sharp image.
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