1909-1915. A photograph album memorializing two trips made by an English woman, Mrs. K. Haig throughout Europe, then to India to visit her son, Major W. de W. Haig, a British officer, and his wife. It concludes with "Pictures taken during the War at 'Louviciennes'", including an image of the Chateau de`s Voisins, now the BNP Paribas campus.
The first half of the album begins in 1909 with the departure of the ship "Yale", based in Bath, (with an American flag?) to the European continent. Another ship listed is possibly the "Bleucher". Places visited include Berlin, Potsdam, Sans Souci, Dresden, the Royal Gardens at Nieder-Siedlitz, Munich, Lucerne, Pilatus, Berne, Murren, Zermatt, Geneva, Lyons, Avignon, Arles, Nimes, Montpelier, Tours, Chenenceaux, Chateau de Lude, Aise le Rideau, Villandry, Fontainebleau, St. Cloud, Chantilly & Versailles.
The second half of the album is entitled " 'India' From Pictures By Major W. de W. Haig". These include Kashmir, Naini Tal, Muktesar, Srinagar, Dehra Dun and the Khyber Pass. Major Haig took some lovely and at times atmospheric images of the people of India, including a papier mache worker, women grinding corn, men sewing with a sewing machine on the curbside; candy shop in the bazaar, Mrs. K. Haig "travelling in a 'Dandy' (on men's heads)" on the way to Muktesar, wood gatherers, a pair of men using a long bowed saw, Indians in small boats at the shore of a lake surrounded by mountains. There are also extensive images of their bungalow at Lucknow and "Beaucaire", the home of Major and Mrs. Haig 31 Rajpur Rd, Dehra Dun. (looking very grand residences!). The sign at the Khyber Pass, taken with their automobile, states "It is absolutely forbidden to cross this border into Afghan Territory."
The last 4 pages are photographs taken at Louviciennes, outside of Paris, the first a group of 8, with 5 identified as Mons. Fournier, Major Haig and his wife, Mdme & Mons. Gelis-Didot. (Gelis-Didot may be Pierre Gelis-Didot, author of "Hotels et Maisons de Paris/ Facadea et Details", published in 1893. He was celebrated for his architectural drawings.) There is a picture of the "Chateau des Voisins," now the BNP Paribas campus. and then a series of images of tea at the Fornier's, where the visitors pose with a massive bomb shell, presumably to emphasize the fire power of the French. They appear content, with little recognition of the pain and suffering soon to be rained down on them all.
Albumen and silver gelatin prints, 112 images of Europe, generally 3 3/4" square and 4 1/2 x 3 1/2". 54 images of India, varying from 4 5/8 x 3 1/2" to 6 x 8 5/8", with most 4 1/2 x 6". 14 images of Louviciennes, 11 quite small (2 x 2 1/2") the 1/4 x 3 1/2". Captioned below and sometimes within the margin of images. Album 8 1/4 x 10 1/4", black original cloth, gilt "Photographs" on the front board, spine slightly faded. 50 leaves, photographs on both sides of the pages. Very good condition. Item #23126