Around the World II
Lovely travel journals available at Charlotte Moss, $60. Kate's Paperie also sells nice options priced under $30.
Images above and below are from Around the World: The Grand Tour in Photo Albums, published by Princeton Architectural Press. Click to see details.
These time-worn pages were found in a 1920s travel album put together by California socialite Vera Talbot to record her global jaunt. Talbot's scrapbook is one of ten featured in Around the World: The Grand Tour in Photo Albums.
Although Talbot's images are grainy, faded and small, I felt a sense of wonder peeking into her album. Without editorializing, she used a wild mix of personal pictures, commercial souvenir photographs and brochures to capture a seriously exotic adventure. Traveling through Siam, Cambodia and Egypt, she witnessed history -- even the recovery of artifacts from King Tut's tomb.
Anonymous but significant stories like this are the focus of Around the World. The authors examine the history of leisure travel and the dawn of personal photography, but primarily they are interested in the magic of armchair travel; the importance of private journals.
I think this book would be a perfect holiday gift for any adventurous spirit.