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personal photograph collection.
These original photographs are NOT for sale.
Do you need 'one time use' of Alaska
photographs for your research or publication?
For a fee I will provide access (like a
photo agency) to the images in my extensive
private collection, which is
particularly strong in Alaska photographs from the 1870's
these important images have been acquired over a lifetime of
collecting, and can be found nowhere else.
The fee depends on what you need the image for or the nature
As time permits I will add the titles of images in
collection. I have especially strong holdings of Brodeck,
Partridge, Davidson, McIntyre, Broadbent, Continent Stereoscopic,
I have a large collection of early Alaska
cabinet cards from the various Corwin expeditions to northern Alaska
the 1880's. Many of these are annotated by the crew member who owned
them, providing information not available elsewhere.
Early cabinet card portrait of
young Frederick Cook, in his arctic fur parka and fur pants, and on
showshoes, taken at a Brooklyn, N. Y. studio.
I have a few rare and
original photographs (albumen cabinet cards & lantern slides) of
the Inupiat (Eskimo) Qatngut (trade fair) at Sisualik (Seshalik,
Sheshalik, Shesshlik), near Kotzbue, Alaska, taken in the 1880's.
are, in my opinion, among the most important ethnographic
of 19th century Alaska.
Cabinet card photograph of a
young Charles Walker Raymond in his U. S. Army Corps of Engineers
uniform. Raymond ascended the Yukon River in 1869 to Fort Yukon. He
graduated at the head of his West Point class in 1865. In the summer
1863, while still a student, Raymond got permission to join the army
General Couch at the battle of Gettysburg. Raymond retired as
General in 1904. Cabinet card portrait by G. W. Pach, New York City.
Cabinet card portrait of
V. Zane, taken in San Francisco after the return of the 1884-1886
Stoney expedition to northwest Alaska. Zane is dressed in his arctic
furs, which Stoney obtained for his men from Mike Lorenz, the Alaska
Commercial Company agent in Saint Michael. The expedition party
"Fort Cosmos" on the Kobuk River for winter quarters. From Fort
Zane explored the Koyukuk River. The New York Times reported (Oct.
1886) "During January and February...Zane, accompanied by George
Socoloff, made a very successful and creditable sledging expedition
St. Michael's and return [to Fort Cosmos]. He sledged over 1,000
part of which had never been crossed before, and made a thorough
of the country. Mr. Zane is the first white man who has made or
attempted the trip."
I have a few 1891 cabinet
from the second Israel C. Russell expedition to Mount Saint Elias.
photograph shows the expedition members, with Israel C. Russell, on
beach after coming off the mountain.
Original cabinet card of
Erskine Scott Wood, the first white man to explore Glacier
He is in uniform, in full beard, his kepi with the letters OSM on
insignia. Photo taken by Abell & Son of Portland, Oregon.
Original cabinet card of the
USC&GS Steamer McArthur,
taken by Ensign Albert Parker Niblack from the Patterson, surveying season of
1886. The McArthur spent
years doing the pioneer surveys of Alaska waters.
Original cabinet card of the
Revenue Cutter Wolcott (I think) by Bradley & Rulofson of San
Francisco. The card stock would indicate that this photograph was
mounted between 1873 - 1883.
Original cabinet card of 5
old Elbridge Suydam Bean, the boy whose mother was killed at Nulato
1878. Printed on the back of the cabinet card:
THE LITTLE ALASKA BOY,
What Killed His Mother,
And Why He is Afraid of Being Left.
ELBRIDGE SUYDAM BEAN is a bright little lad, less than five years of
age, having been born Augustst 24th, 1875, and enjoys the
of being the only native Alaskan in the United States east of the
Mountains. His birth-place was Nulato, a small trading post on the
Yukon River, away up in latitude 65° north, in Alaska Territory.
The father, James Munroe Bean, was a fur-trader among the Russians
Indians, operating chiefly at Nulato, but making San Francisco his
market for procuring supplies and selling his furs. The mother was
Jennie Suydam, of Ottawa, Ill. She was married to Mr. Bean at that
place in 1873. She was an attractive, pleasant lady, and took with
to her far northwestern home the love, respect and good wishes of
who knew her. On the morning of Sept. 11th, 1878, Mrs. Bean was
breakfast for her little family, and for two Indians who had slept
the house the night before, when she was ruthlessly shot from
the ball penetrating her generous heart, by one of the Indians, and
instantly fell dead across the very table which she was setting
with food for the entertainment of her assassin. The savages
to kill her husband and little Ellie, the subject of our sketch and
photograph, and but for fear of returning trappers would have very
likely succeeded. They had been freely indulging in “fire-water" and
seemed bent on plunder, or the avenging of some fancied wrong. The
statute of the United States - more prudent in regard to savages
it is in respect to mere white folks - prohibits, under the severest
penalties, the manufacture among and the selling or giving to
of intoxicating liquors of any sort. The drink with which the brains
these barbarians were fired was probably a vile stuff called
“Hootchenoo," which is illicitly made by the soldiers; and whose
distillation has been taught the Indians and trappers. It is
of rotten potatoes, or other vegetables, and flour, and distilled in
kerosene cans. Doubtless no more murderous beverage was ever devised
the wit of man. From the description given of its effects by the U.
Commissioners in a recent report on the condition of the troops in
Alaska, “Hootchenoo," as an inspirer of murder, rape, theft, and
horrible crimes, is only excelled by the vile stuff which christian
communities permit to be sold over bars by men "of good moral
character," and take money from such men for the permission. Mr.
with his boy, finally succeeded in escaping, and returned to San
Francisco. After the horrible death of his mother little Ellie clung
his father with renewed tenacity, and could scarcely endure a
absence from him. But in December last Mr. Bean, having determined
go back to Alaska, and, if possible, punish his wife's murderers,
strive to regain his lost wealth, looked about for some means of
sending the boy East, and was finally so fortunate to encounter Dr.
Bradley, of Oakland, Cal., who was about to make the trip, and
consented to take Ellie with him. Mr. Bean accompanied them for some
forty miles on the road, and then, knowing it would be next to
impossible to get the lad to consent to the separation, quietly
from the train, and "left" Ellie to journey on with the Doctor.
his wonderment and grief over his missing father had subsided, the
became reconciled to the situation, and greatly attached to the
temporary guardian, by whom, on nearing Chicago, he had again, alas,
be “left," and committed to the loving charge of his grandmother,
E. J. Suydam, of Newark, Ill., with whom he now is. Ellie is an
unusually bright child, affectionate to an extraordinary degree, and
pronounced nervous temperament. Besides English, he speaks Russian
the Indian dialect with equal fluency. It will take years to root
his memory the horror of the tragedy that bereft him of a dear
and there is a whole temperance lecture of wondrous pathos and
eloquence in his quivering voice as he says, "Whisky and Indians
my mamma.” He holds fast by his grandma, and is in constant fear of
being "left." What wonder that he should be? Left in such a ghastly
fashion by his mother, left by his father, and left by the good
Ah, well he will come to understand it some day, and perhaps see
through it all he has not been “left," but led by One who is more
loving and constant than father or mother even. So we leave the
Alaskan, hoping that the simple tale of his short but troubled life
gain for him sympathy and help from all kindly people, and may
effectually teach to all who read it the duty of fighting in every
manly manner, and to the death, the enemy that brutally and cowardly
murdered poor Ellie's mother - whiskey.
Little Ellie is photographed in his suit of Alaska furs, and the
pictures are sold for
his benefit, at 20 and 30 cts.
E. BOWMAN, Photographer,
Original cabinet card of George
Perkins. On a Bradley & Rulofson San Francisco mount.
president of the Arctic Oil Works (the largest whale-oil
the west coast), and vice-president of the Pacific Steam Whaling
company. He had extensive business interests in early Alaska. In
he went to sea as a cabin boy on the ship Golden Eagle. He made
voyages to Europe on sailing ships. In 1885 he shipped before
on the ship Galatea, bound for San Francisco, California. He
mining and teaming in California but without success, and opened
mercantile business in Oroville, Cal. Later he engaged in the
mining and milling industries. He became a member of a shipping
San Francisco, Goodall, Perkins & Company, which later
builders and owners of the Pacific Coast Steamship company. He
pioneer in the introduction of steam whalers for the Arctic
operated steamships on the coast of California, Oregon,
British Columbia, Mexico and Alaska. He was a representative in
state senate, 1869-76; governor of the state of California,
and was a U.S. Senator for about 14 years.
Original cabinet card portrait of
Gilchrist Swan, author of "The Northwest Coast; or, Three Years'
Residence in Washington Territory" and other works. He made 4
Alaska. Signed on the back "with the compliments of the season
remembrance of your old friend James G. Swan Dec. 24 1885."
Original albumen photograph portrait (unmounted
cabinet card photograph) of Lt. Robert M. Berry (Robert Mallory
Berry), commander of the USS Rodgers, which was sent to search
for the Jeannette Expedition. Berry was also in Sitka Alaska in
December 1869 on the U.S.S. Cyane. He achieved the rank of Rear
Admiral before his retirement. see
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