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Finding Aid for Photograph Albums of Indochina, 1932-1936
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Biographical/Historical Note
  • Administrative Information
  • Related Archival Materials
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Photograph Albums of Indochina
    Date (inclusive): 1932-1936
    Number: 2001.R.21
    Creator/Collector: Aéro Mre. Indochine
    Physical Description: 2.0 album(s) (498 photographic prints)
    The Getty Research Institute
    Special Collections
    1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1100
    Los Angeles, California, 90049-1688
    (310) 440-7390
    Abstract: Two photograph albums documenting urban and rural aspects of French Indochina, compiled by a French pilot.
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    Language: Collection material is in English

    Biographical/Historical Note

    The albums were compiled by a French pilot, possibly G. Goulette, in the service of Aéro Mre. d'Indochine during the 1930s.

    Administrative Information


    Open for use by qualified researchers.

    Publication Rights

    Preferred Citation

    Photograph albums of Indochina, 1932-1936, Getty Research Institute, Research Library, Accession no. 2001.R.21

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired in 2001.

    Processing History

    Processed and cataloged by Beth Guynn. Translations provided by Shi Chen. Finding aid encoded by Holly Larson with grant funding from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR).

    Related Archival Materials

    An additional album compiled by the same unidentified person, titled Souvenir d'Indochine 1931, resides in Special Collections ( accession no. 93.R.94 ).

    Scope and Content of Collection

    These two albums contain photographs of French Indochina (present day Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos), documenting both urban and rural aspects of the region. The albums cover a wide variety of subjects ranging from French institutions and industry in Indochina, civil engineering projects, military posts and forts, and natural landmarks and views of the countryside, to images of the various indigenous groups of Indochina, scenes of daily life and traditional agriculture, temples, tombs, pagodas, and street, market, and river scenes.
    The albums were compiled by a French pilot in the service of Aéro Mre. d'Indochine during the 1930s. He may be the same G.G. (perhaps the pilot Goulette pictured in accession number 93.R.94), whose initials appear in some of the photographs of album II. Aviation-related images include the air force stations at Tong and Bac Maï, a hydroplane flying over Along Bay, and a group of bi-planes in flight.
    Most of the photographs in Album I, titled on the spine Souvenir d'Indochine 1933, are from the former regions of Tonkin and Annam (now Vietnam). Some images from the Laotian cities of Luang Prabang and Vientiane, as well as portraits of people from various Laotian indigenous groups, are included at the end of the album.
    Album II's title appears on the last page: Souvenir d'un séjour en Indochine 1932-1936. This album begins with a hand-drawn map of French Indochina and a hand-colored studio portrait of the French pilot flanked by panels of Chinese good-luck symbols. The album is divided into sections as follows: Tonkin, Cochinchine, Cambodge, Laos, and La Chine. Each section begins with a page containing the name of the region and a hand-colored studio portrait of a person representative of the region. Half of the album is devoted to Tonkin. Images of Cambodia, mostly from Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom, form the second largest section.
    Album I has green half-leather covers. Album II has half-leather and blue silk covers with a dragon painted on the front cover.
    Captions on the mounts are in French; many of the aerial photographs also have French captions and the signature Aéro Mre. d'Indochine in the negative. Other photographs are signed G.G. or Huong Ky Photo Hanoi (album II).


    The albums are arranged in two series: Album I: Souvenir d'Indochine, 1933; Album II: Souvenir d'un séjour en Indochine, 1932-1936.

    Indexing Terms

    Subjects - Topics

    Architecture, Colonial--Indochina--French influences
    Architecture, Colonial--Vietnam--French influences
    Buddhist temples--Cambodia--Angkor (Extinct city)
    Indigenous peoples--Indochina
    Indigenous peoples--Laos
    Indigenous peoples--Vietnam
    Relief (Sculpture), Ancient
    Sepulchral monuments--Indochina
    Sepulchral monuments--Vietnam

    Subjects - Places

    Angkor Wat (Angkor)
    Cambodia--Description and travel--History--20th century
    Indochina--Buildings, structures, etc.
    Indochina--Description and travel--History--20th century
    Indochina--Social life and customs--History--20th century
    Laos--Description and travel--History--20th century
    Vietnam--Buildings, structures, etc.
    Vietnam--Description and travel--History--20th century
    Vietnam--Social life and customs--History--20th century

    Genres and Forms of Material

    Aerial photographs--Cambodia--20th century
    Aerial photographs--Indochina--20th century
    Aerial photographs--Laos--20th century
    Aerial photographs--Vietnam--20th century
    Gelatin silver prints--Cambodia--20th century
    Gelatin silver prints--Indochina--20th century
    Gelatin silver prints--Laos--20th century
    Gelatin silver prints--Vietnam--20th century
    Photographic postcards--Vietnam--20th century