Vintage 1920s Boy Scouts BSA Carnegie Steel Photo Album Archive Quality

$7,500.00

From the South Fork Fishing & Hunt Club in Johnstown (with founding members like Henry Clay Frick, Andrew Mellon, Andrew Carnegie and MANY other Carnegie Steel executives) to Edgar Kaufmann’s commission of Fallingwater by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1935, the Laurel Highlands  (about an hour southeast of Pittsburgh) was long a favorite retreat of Pittsburgh’s tycoons. Not surprising then to see the first (16) photos...

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From the South Fork Fishing & Hunt Club in Johnstown (with founding members like Henry Clay Frick, Andrew Mellon, Andrew Carnegie and MANY other Carnegie Steel executives) to Edgar Kaufmann’s commission of Fallingwater by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1935, the Laurel Highlands  (about an hour southeast of Pittsburgh) was long a favorite retreat of Pittsburgh’s tycoons.

Not surprising then to see the first (16) photos here signed Carnegie SteelDuquesne Works Photo Dept. While the exact intent of this project is unclear, at least a dozen of the images are of press quality and composition. The subjects are most likely management’s children, but could certainly have been used in the workers perks motivational campaigns or some other public purpose.

What results is rare and comprehensive documentation, early in the history of the BSA, captured by the quality of photographer that only a company of Carnegie’s magnitude could have afforded. (56) photos measure 7.5 x 9.5”, pasted as original with VERY little signs of wear. Edge tears and corner chips to a few pages, none even near a photograph. Leather hinges have failed the industrial photo album (included) and pages have been removed in sequence, if there is one, for their protection.

Opens with the Advisors / Leaders group portrait, subjects to follow include: Flag Drills, Calisthenics and Exercise Drills, Dr. Sutton (Natural History lecture), Swimming and Boat Races, Flag Raising, Brush Clearing (tools & at work) along with shots of daily life like the camp tents, make shift camp sinks for grooming, Chow Line, Mess Tent, African American Cook at fire pit, Model T food delivery truck being driven by a young Scout, Musical Band, Bonfires (one with Native American costumes), Supply Tent and HQ Tents. Primary record of hard to rival quality.