Object StatementPhotograph albums (10) and travel brochure (1), containing photographic prints, postcards and ephemera relating to Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Thailand, Vietnam, paper / textile / metal / cardboard, various contributors, made by Margaret Preston, 1920s-1940s
Physical DescriptionTen albums, each containing approximately 100 black and white photographs and postcards that were taken and collected by Margaret and William Preston. The images show various landscape, architectural and ethnographic scenes relating to travel in Asia including Peking, Tokyo and Korea. All ten albums are alike in size and have cardboard covers printed with gold title panel "Snapshots". The pages of the albums are made of card and are stapled at the spine on the left-hand side and bound with a strip of cloth.
Based on the content of the photographs, it would appear that they were taken between the 1920s and the 1940s. The photographs are black and white silver gelatin prints. Some of these prints have been glued to the pages, as was the case with most photograph albums in this period, whilst other prints are attached with different kinds of photo corners, some in the shape of a ship's anchor.
Album number 1. 'Angkor Java'
Images include large format commercial photographs by professional photographer Kurkdjian who was active in Soerabaia (Surabaya).
Photographs were taken in Ankor and Borobudur (Java).
Album number 2. No inscription on cover
The subjects of images include commercial photographs and postcards, a photograph thought to be the photographer riding an elephant, a photograph of a white man wearing a suit and a hat standing next to ruins in Wat Prakeo (Bangkok), a black and white photograph with pencil inscription 'Mekong river Pnomp Penh 2nd Feb 1926' and 'map showing route of the Plancius Cruise'
Photographs were taken in Kampot, Pnom Penh, Ankor, Wat Prakeo (Bangkok)
Album number 3. 'Trip to the East. Five months'
The subjects of images include landscape and genre scenes.
Photographs were taken in Davao (the Philippines) Pakhoi (Peihai, China), postcards and bought photographs of Tonkin (Vietnam), Hanoi, photographs and postcards of Yynnam (China).
Album number 4. 'Second book, Five months in the East 2'
The subjects of images include landscape, temples, architectural views, streets, genre scenes and the female photographer photographed in a sedan chair.
Photographs were taken in Yunnam, Canton and Pekin (Beijing)
Album number 5. 'Third book of Travels in the East 6 months'
2 photographs missing.
Images include landscape, temples and the female photographer in a sedan chair returning from the Great Wall,
Photographs were taken in Peking, the Great Wall, Ming tombs, Summer Palace, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven and Coal Hill.
Album number 6. '4th Book of Travels in the East. Six months'
Images include Japanese postcards and photographs with Japanese captions.
Photographs were taken at The Great Wall in Shan-Hai Kuan (Shanhaiguan).
Album number 7. 'Fifth book Eastern Trip 5'
Images include temples, tombs, sculptures, people in mud bath, hotsprings and sand bath, hot spring hotel, commercial photographs and postcards of Ainu people, volcano, commercial photographs of Matusima, city views, falls and lake.
Photographs were taken in Beppu, Miyajima, Kyoto, Sapporo, Tokyo, Nara, Hokkaido, Noboribetsu, Matusima, Asamushi, Nikko, Kegon falls and Lake Chieuryi (Lake Ch?zenji).
Album number 8. '4th book Eastern Trip'
Last 2 pages are blank.
Images include mixture of her photographs, postcards and commercial photographs, depicting tombs, an observatory, street scenes, palaces, pagoda, the photographer on a sleigh chair on the way to Uchi Kongi (Mountain Kongi), a photograph of 2 women crossing a bridge on a chasm in Diamond Mountain. Postcards of Shimonoseki (port), postcards of Mountain Aso erupting, photographs of the photographer feeding birds in Beppu.
Photographs were taken in Mukden, Peiling (Beiling), Pekin (Beijing), Keijo (Seoul), Diamond Mountain (North Korea), Mokyo Dai (inner kongo), Chosen (Korea), Shimonoseki (port), Nagasaki, Unyen (Unzen volcano), Mountain Aso and Beppu.
Album number 9. 'Travels in the East 7th Book'
6 photographs missing.
Images include a mixture of a brochure 'How to see Takamatsu', postcards and commercial photographs of landscape, street scenes, waterfall, pilgrims, Panrokwan hotel in Kofu and the big bell in Nara.
Photographs were taken in Yokohama, Hokone, Inoshima, Kamakura, Mountain Fuji, Siraito Taki waterfall (Mt Fuji district), Mitake, Kofu, Tatamatesu and Takatasmatsu (both Takamatsu), Shiokku (Shikoku in Yashima), Yashima, Manilla (the Philippines) Manchurian gate and Nara.
Album number 10. 'Fêtes ete Trip to the East'
6 postcards missing.
Images include postcards of a Norman Japanese battle Yashima 1066, puppets from Osaka show, the 47 Ronin of Japan, Gion festival of Kyoto, Spinners fate festival in Sendai, festival of the weaver (some of the photographs are in colour and black and white), postcards paintings of genre scenes of Annam, postcards of Shimonoseki and a photograph of captain of the Atsuta man reciting Marc Anthony's speech.
Travel brochure, containing 12 pages of travel information relating to city of Takamatsu, Japan. It was printed in August 1934 by Takamatsu City Office Japan Tourist Bureau. It was collected by Margaret and William Preston while their trip to Japan in the mid 1930s.
Marks10 albums are differently marked with hand-written inscription on their covers.
Album number 1: 'Angkor Java'
Album number 2: No inscription on its cover
Album number 3:'Trip to the East. Five months I'
Album number 4: 'Second book, Five months in the East 2'
Album number 5: 'Third book of Travels in the East 6 months'
Album number 6: '4th Book of Travels in the East. Six months'
Album number 7: 'Fifth book Eastern Trip 5'
Album number 8: '4th book Eastern Trip'
Album number 9: 'Travels in the East 7th Book'
Album number 10: 'Fêtes ete Trip to the East'