Photo album of an Sumatran (likely East) tobacco plantation taken by an accomplished and likely professional photographer.
Includes crisp and detailed photographs of the fields (planting, cultivation, harvest), various processing areas (drying, etc.), buildings, landscapes, and many striking portraits of workers and other native Indonesians. Laborers much in evidence throughout, including several images showing what are likely Chinese immigrant workers (more than 300,000 emigrated between 1870 and 1930 to work the plantations after tobacco's introduction to Sumatra in the 1860s). The album opens with several individual studio portraits, likely the plantation owners or other Sumatran officials, suggesting this was assembled with promotional purposes in mind. Nevertheless, an intimate look at the tobacco industry in Indonesia around the turn of the century, taken by an accomplished photographer. Perhaps more than any other region of the world, tobacco remains an integral part of Indonesian life, with some of the highest smoking rates anywhere. Therefore, an important document in the development of Indonesian culture during the peak years of tobacco production in the region.
[Sumatra], [ca. 1910]. Oblong photo album measuring 7" x 10" approx. String-bound, padded boards in Indonesian batik cloth. 32 sepia-toned photographs glue mounted recto and verso, each measuring 6" x 4.25" approx. Minor soil to cloth with touches of wear at corners. Page edges very lightly worn. Sunning at extremities. Tissue guards edge-worn and creased. Photographs generally fine. Near fine overall.
We work hard to meet our ethical responsibility to describe our material accurately. All items are guaranteed as described and may be returned for any reason within 30 days. Please notify us before mailing a return.
We guarantee the authenticity of our items. All materials are original (meaning not facsimiles or reproductions) unless otherwise noted. First editions (meaning first edition, first printing) are explicitly stated. TPM is a member of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America and upholds their Code of Ethics.
All photographs are of the actual item for sale. We're happy to provide additional images on request.
All domestic orders ship gratis. For orders under $250, free USPS media mail shipping is included; orders $250 and over ship USPS Priority. International orders over $500 also ship gratis. Expedited, overnight, as well as other carriers (UPS, Fed-Ex, etc.), may carry additional costs beyond quoted rates. All orders receive tracking information and a direct contact in case of any questions.
International buyers are responsible for any customs, taxes, and related import fees. Please note that we are unable to accomodate requests to misrepresent, misdeclare, or otherwise falsify customs documents when shipping internationally. We appreciate your understanding.
We accept all major credit cards, Paypal, Venmo, check, money order, and bank wire. We are happy to bill institutional buyers' needs. Sales tax will be added to applicable purchases. Items subject to prior sale.
If for any reason you are dissatisfied with your purchase, please contact us. We prioritize our long-term relationships far above any individual purchase, and we want you to love your item as much as we loved cataloguing it.