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Auction: Fine Books & Manuscripts Auction
was auctioned on: 31 May 2014
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Gifford, Walter Sherman (1885-1966) Three Photograph Albums 1931-1944.Gifford, Walter Sherman (1885-1966) Three Photograph Albums 1931-1944.

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Estimate: US$3,000 - US$4,000
Price realised:  n. a.
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Gifford, Walter Sherman (1885-1966) Three Photograph Albums 1931-1944. Folio landscape-format albums in leather boards, with Sherman's name tooled on the covers in gilt, containing a variety of photographs, from small-format to full-page, almost all in black-and-white, attached to album pages by photo corners, consisting of personal photographs of family scenes from the life of this Harvard graduate and President of AT&T from 1925 to 1948, including shots of the family at their home, Thimble Farm, in North Castle, New York; rodeo, riding, and fishing pictures from Dubois, Wyoming; shots of camping, fishing, and sailing on the East Coast; a canoe trip to Manitoba, Canada; a horseback riding trip to the Great Smokey Mountains; a Harvard soccer game in 1939; trips to Miami; an interesting section records a trip to Arkansas in 1940, with shots of schools, farms, a cotton mill and fields, and scenes of daily life; another group contains photographs of the Grand Canyon, 1931; Zion National Park; Soda Springs; roping, riding, and ranching in the area; Cedar Springs; Prescott Rodeo; Carlsbad Caverns; Santa Fe; Taos; an extended camping trip to an unidentified location in the Far West, including a series of shots of a young bear tied to a length of rope; numerous pictures from a trip to Ox-Yoke Ranch in Emigrant, Montana, 1935; with several 8 x 10s of buildings, interiors, and ranching scenes, including a signed shot of owner Charlie Murphy; Big Horn Ranch in Wyoming; a trip to Alaska, 1936, featuring glaciers, gold mining, sea towns, railways, Coastal Northwest American Indian artifacts: totem poles, masks, and a lodge, a car adapted to ride on railroad tracks; Giant Forest; Yosemite; Kern River Canyon; Mount Whitney; Milestone Peak; Lake Basin; an 8 x 10 of Gifford and his son with Mickey Rooney and Father Flanagan; another of the Giffords with Spencer Tracy; Honolulu, 1938 where the family is found again fishing, swimming, flying in airplanes, travelling by boat, visiting the lava fields, and the major islands; the albums themselves are failing somewhat, the original leather spines are lost, but the bindings are secured with metal posts that are still intact, most photographs are in good condition, sizes vary throughout, each album is 16 1/4 x 10 1/2 in. (3)

Informations about the auction
Auction house: Skinner
Title: Fine Books & Manuscripts Auction
Date of the auction: 31 May 2014
Address: Skinner
Park Plaza 63
02116 Boston, MA
United States
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