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"The Kodak Book" Cuban Photo Album

Identifier: MSH/LAT 0082

Scope and Contents

"The Kodak Book" Cuban photo album is a rectangular volume bound in gray cloth boards with gray ribbon fastening the photos along left margin. "The Kodak Book" is stamped in gilt on the front cover. The album contains a collection of 41 sepia-toned photos, some with printed text in the plate, and many with handwritten pencil notes, in English. Most of the photos measure approximately 6 1/2 in. to 7 3/4 in. x 4 3/4 in. to 5 7/8 in. and appear to have been produced by commercial vendors. Most of the images are affixed to stiff gray cardboard sheets, but some have become disattached. At least one image appears to have been taken by José Gómez de la Carrera, a Spaniard who settled in Havana and worked as a photographer for various Cuban newspapers during the era of the Spanish-American War.

The compiler of the album is unknown. It contains an assortment of photographs of Havana, Cuba including common tourist sites such as the entrance to the Colón (Columbus) Cemetery, La Cabaña Fortress, the Paseo del Prado, and the Havana Cathedral. The collection also includes street and port scenes. Among these are an 1895 image depicting a mule train, an image of cattle being lifted, by their horns, from barges onto a larger ship, and an image of Cuban family aboard a horse-drawn wagon led by an Afro-Cuban driver. The Spanish-American War is another of the album's themes. The remains of the wrecked USS Maine and the El Caney blockhouse are depicted, as are Cuban, U.S., and Spanish troops. A rare photo of "Cuban concentration town" also illustrates the policy of relocating Cuban civilians to zones of Spanish control, to protect them from rebel influence, instituted by General Valeriano Weyler y Nicolau.


  • Creation: circa 1895-1900

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1 volume : Bound

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A souvenir photo album containing assorted photographs of major Cuban tourist sites, Havana street scenes, and images of officers, soldiers, and locations associated with the Spanish-American War.

"The Kodak Book" Cuban Photo Album
Erika Hosselkus
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Notre Dame Rare Books & Special Collections Repository

102 Hesburgh Library
Notre Dame IN 46556