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Around the World in the 1890s: Photographs from the World's Transportation Commission, 1894-1896

Library of Congress, American Memory
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This photo archive contains nearly 900 images made by American photographer William Henry Jackson (1843-1942) during an 1890s tour of North Africa, Asia, Australia, and Oceania. The World’s Transportation Commission, an organization formed to aid American business interests abroad, commissioned Jackson. The photographs, originally exhibited in Chicago’s Field Columbian Museum, focus on transportation systems—especially railroads—tourist sites, indigenous life, and locations of natural beauty. Nearly 600 of the images are from lantern slides, many of which were handcolored. Many of the photographs appeared in Harper’s Weekly. This collection is valuable for those interested in late 19th-century photography and American views of exotic places.

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