California, Niagara Falls, St. Louis World’s Fair, Hawaii, Philippines, Japan: Early 1900s. Leather album (approximately 7” x 5.5”) with a hand-drawn front-cover illustration of a Philippine mission. Contains 50 photographs (mostly 2.75” x 3.75”) and one introductory card dated April 19, 1905 which reads in part, “A few snap shots taken during the first months of our ‘never ending honey moon!’” The first 36 photographs document an extensive year-long honeymoon taken by Maurice F. Lowenstein and his wife Anna Sutro. 14 photographs, apparently added later, show their young child in the care of a Japanese nanny. All of the photographs are in nice shape and glued to the pages. The pages are loose in the album as the binding thongs are missing.
The album begins with wedding day photographs at their cottage in San Ysidro, their buggy ride to the Santa Barbara train station, touring Niagara Falls, and visiting the St. Louis World’s Fair. The eight world’s fair photographs include images of the fairgrounds, the main concourse, the Tyrolean Alps, and several exhibits.
Subsequently the couple visited Hawaii, the Philippines, Japan, and possibly Hong Kong (all places where the Castle Brothers had a business presence). Photographs include the captain of their ship to Hawaii, a group of fellow travelers (or perhaps business associates) in Honolulu wearing straw hats and leis, riding in rickshaws at Kobe, feeding pigeons in Kamakura, “being friendly with the Japanese,” the ship to Manila, and the heavily-flowered veranda of their Manila residence. Five of their child’s photographs show the baby in the care of a traditionally well-dressed Japanese woman; one shows the child resting in front of a folding screen decorated with a blossoming cherry tree. Item #008605
At the time the album was compiled, Maurice F. Lowenstein was an executive with Castle Brothers, Wolfe and Sons, the major North American importer of Philippine sugar. With time, Lowenstein rose in rank to become the President of the firm which had been renamed, the Pacific Commercial Company.