Albumen Photographs of Steamships in Mississippi and Louisiana, Incl. Charles P. Chouteau and Paul Tulane

Lot of 3 photographs of steamships, comprising: oversize albumen of the sternwheel iron hull packet Charles P. Chouteau. 9 x 7.25 in., mounted to 10 x 8 in. N.p.: [Natchez, MS], [1878]. Depicted fully loaded with a cargo of 7,818 bales of cotton. When built in 1878, the Charles P. Chouteau became the longest sternwheel packet on the rivers and in 1881, under Captain Thorwegan, delivered 76,950 in one season, an all-time record.  

Oversize albumen of the packet Paul Tulane. 8.25 x 5.25 in., mounted to 10 x 8 in. N.p., n.d. Built in 1888 and in service until 1896, depicted here on the West Bank at New Orleans with the city visible on the opposite side. 

Oval albumen of steamships docked at Alexandria, LA. 7.25 x 5 in., mounted to 9.5 x 7.75 in. McPherson & Oliver: [Alexandria, LA], n.d. Imprint in negative, place identified by inscription on recto and verso. Depicts four steamships docked on the Red River with Alexandria in the background, taken from the opposite bank. 

Provenance:Eugene R. Groves Collection of 19th Century Photography


Charles P. Chouteau: very minor scuff. 

Paul Tulane: toned, chips to mount corners. 

Steamships at Alexandria: some spotting, mount soiled and slightly wrinkled. 


Estimate: $600 - $800
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