With 155 photographs (86 3-1/2 x 6 inches; 69 3 x 4-1/2 inches) corner mounted on album leaves, 2 to 4 per page, captioned in ink by Muriel Vanderbilt. 94 numbered pages, of which pages 49-80 additionally contain 63 mounted post cards (10 real photo post cards, 32 printed color cards, 21 black & white cards). With 5-page typescript log of 1930 cruise inserted at p. 28. 1 vols. Oblong 4to. The ‘Ara’ in Southern Waters, 1925 & 1930: Cruising, Deep Sea & Tarpon Fishing. Black leatherette album, with leaves on two posts, tied with cord. Condition generally very good to fine, some photos with fading or silvering. For the Ara cf. Toy 608 & 758 (for 1924 & 1926 cruises); Morris & Howland p. 148. Item #260924
A private family album documenting two of the tours of the celebrated yacht Ara, owned by William K. Vanderbilt II. Although Vanderbilt published numerous volumes recording his cruises, these voyages do not appear among his published logs. The photographs are captioned by his daughter Muriel, who records numerous details in a neat hand.
The cast of characters in 1925 includes “Pops” (Wm. K. Vanderbilt II), “Self” (Muriel), her sister Consie (Consuelo), Muriel’s fiancé Freddy (Frederic C. Church, Jr., whom she married in July 1925 and divorced in 1929), Ellen, & Dick. Muriel’s uncle Harry (Harold S. Vanderbilt) makes a walk-on appearance in Key West. Among the party’s activities was fishing, with more than a dozen photographs showing the sisters working the rod, members of the party with the morning’s catch (variously tuna, barracuda, shark, and a sea turtle), and portraits of the three young ladies, Dick, and Freddy, each holding a trophy catch.
The 1930 cruise to Haiti, Jamaica, and Cuba, with a party including Muriel, “Pops”, Rosie (his second wife, Rosamund), and Tony, comprises views from the yacht and at ports of call, as well as many scenes of rafting on the Rio Grande River and a few snapshots of fishing on the Demaji River (where the log details three days of successful tarpon fishing, not illustrated).
The group of post cards includes scenes in Cuba, Haiti, Lake Tahoe, and the Monterey coast in California, including several real photo cards of the Pebble Beach area, among them a shot of woman golfer Marion Hollins on the 7th Green.
A window into a lost world of private travel and an excellent visual record of two Vanderbilt family cruises, with good sporting content.
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