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[I.W. Taber photographs of Hawaii]


Taber, I. W. (Isaiah West), 1830-1912, creator, photographer.


Views of various subjects taken on some of the Hawaiian Islands. Honolulu views depict points of interest along Nuuanu Avenue and other streets, business buildings, waterfront scenes, Queen's Hospital, and Waikiki, among other subjects. Other Oahu views include Diamond Head crater and the town of Waimea. Maui views depict various facilities and activities on Spreckel's sugar plantation. Kauai views include the town and plantation of Koloa, Luhue plantation and Wailua Falls. Also depicted is a Leper settlement, perhaps on Molokai. Five views include Taber's travelling dark tent on the back of a small wagon (:6, :8, :16, :23, and :25.) Also present are three views taken near Monterey, Calif.: Bay of Monterey, Cal. (:40), Hotel del Monte train depot (:42), and Chinese men in a fishing village (:44).


1880 (issued)


Streets -- Hawaii -- Honolulu -- Photographs
Commercial buildings -- Hawaii -- Honolulu -- Photographs
Photography -- Equipment and supplies -- Photographs
Sugar plantations -- Hawaii -- Photographs
Rues -- Hawaii -- Honolulu -- Photographies
Immeubles commerciaux -- Hawaii -- Honolulu -- Photographies
Photographie -- Appareils et matériel -- Photographies
Commercial buildings
Photography -- Equipment and supplies
Sugar plantations
Hawaii -- Photographs
Honolulu (Hawaii) -- Photographs
Hawaii -- Photographies
Honolulu (Hawaii) -- Photographies
Hawaii -- Honolulu


Title devised by cataloger.
Photographer's imprint in each negative at lower right: Taber Photo., San Francisco.
Photographer's numbers in each negative at lower left. Numbers present range between B73 and B252.
Prints are affixed to both sides of each mount, with unevenly cropped mount edges suggesting they were cut from an album. Mounts feature colored rules in varying margin locations, suggesting that album pages formerly consisted of four to six images. The seller indicated these were from an album from Taber's studio, perhaps used for display or as a visual catalog, and that the album was deaccessioned from the library of the San Francisco Theological Seminary at San Anselmo, Calif.
Purchase ; From Ken Harrison Western Americana ; 2017.
Item list available in library.
San Francisco based photographer I.W. Taber is known to have photographed throughout the Hawaiian Islands for six weeks in 1880.
I.W. Taber photographs of Hawaii, BANC PIC 2017.067, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.


Albumen prints.
Boudoir card photographs.

Physical Description:

44 photographs on 22 mounts in 1 box : albumen prints mounted on card ; prints 13 x 21 cm. (boudoir card format)