Glass lantern slides, negatives, photographic albums, notebooks, travelogues, and miscellaneous artifacts that document DeCou's
travels in five continents and subsequent travel lecture tours ca. 1920-1941.
Photographer and travelogue lecturer Branson DeCou journeyed the world for thirty years before his death in 1941 at the relatively
young age of 49. He was born October 20, 1892, in Philadelphia, a city with a long history of photographic invention, from
the pioneer Langenheim brothers to the work of Thomas Eakins. The city also has a tradition of collecting and publishing photographs--the
Library Company of Philadelphia, American's oldest cultural institution, had exceptional holdings of photographic works well
before 1900--as well as active associations for professionals and amateurs such as the Philadelphia Photographic Exchange
Club and the Philadelphia Photographic Society.
112 Linear Feet
79 boxes, 25 drawers, 5 items
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