|Creator:||Broadbent, Alfred L|
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Photographs are accompanied by manuscript captions. Album photographs measure 11.2 x 19.5 cm. and are all inscribed with the initials "A.L.B."
Alfred L. Broadbent (A.L.B.?) was an engineer on the U.S.S. Bear, a revenue cutter active in the Arctic during the 1890s.
Photograph album and loose photographs of a voyage to Alaska on the U.S.S. Bear, including views of St. George and Kings Island, seals on St. Paul’s Island, the mission school, a native boat race, walrus hunting and related activities on Cape Prince of Wales, the Bering Straits and natives and landscapes of the Siberian coast, the Indian River, and views of floating ice in the Arctic Ocean.
In Sitka, there are views of the Greek Church, the governor’s house and other public buildings, and of native women curio sellers who turn their backs to avoid having their pictures taken.
At St. Michael’s Island, there are views of the trading station, the Greek church and Russian block house, the buildings of the Alaska Commercial Company, and natives in camp.
Some views are commercially produced, though most appear to be personal photographs. There are individual and group portraits of the crews, passengers and officers of several ships, both on board and on shore, and a listing of the crew of the Bear appears on the fly leaf of the album. The photographs also record whalers and other ships encountered along the way.
1 album (76 photographic prints) : b & w ; 19 x 28 cm.
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