Sweet summer days, as fleeting as they can be in the Pacific Northwest, often fuel our desires to get out of town, near or far.  Consequently, we’re currently taking a lot of inspiration from a fantastic book at the shop: Early Travel Photography.

Compiled from the photographs of Burton Holmes (1870–1958), a man who spent his life traveling the world during an era when world travel was neither as efficient nor as common as nowadays, Early Travel Photography presents what would have been a first look for many Westerners and US natives at the world beyond their homeland.

Holmes took lengthy tours of regions of the world and, upon his return, toured the states giving lectures and presentations on his “Travelogues” (a term he coined.)  Thanks to his hand-tinted photographs and the early films taken by his crew, Holme’s “Travelogues” were a smash success, and allowed Holmes & co. to repeat the process of far-off exploration and homeland exposition over and over again.

Holmes home in Chicago became filled with souvenirs from his voyages, he received a star on the Hollywood Boulevard, made several travel films for Paramount Pictures and wrote several books.  Despite achieving quite a level of fame and success for his day and age, Holmes had this to say about life experience:

“The only things I own which are still worth what they have cost me are my travel memories… the mind-pictures of places which I have been hoarding like a happy miser.” – Burton Holmes

A well-traveled life, indeed.  A few of our shop girls are travelers in their own right, too.  We’ll be expanding on this theme here on our blog to present them an opportunity to share memories of their journeys in the coming months.  Stay tuned!

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