Item #17588 Virginia Medical School Photo album and Memory Album includes travels to Alaska in 1920s. Photo Album Virginia Medical School.
Virginia Medical School Photo album and Memory Album includes travels to Alaska in 1920s
Virginia Medical School Photo album and Memory Album includes travels to Alaska in 1920s
Virginia Medical School Photo album and Memory Album includes travels to Alaska in 1920s
Virginia Medical School Photo album and Memory Album includes travels to Alaska in 1920s
Virginia Medical School Photo album and Memory Album includes travels to Alaska in 1920s
Virginia Medical School Photo album and Memory Album includes travels to Alaska in 1920s
Virginia Medical School Photo album and Memory Album includes travels to Alaska in 1920s

Virginia Medical School Photo album and Memory Album includes travels to Alaska in 1920s

Photo Album

Photo album and scrapbook depicting Frederick Pilcher Jr. ’s life at the University of Virginia Medical School and his travels to Alaska during the 1920s. Album includes 159 B&W photos with the majority measuring 5” x 3” (97) , 5 ¾” x 3 ½” (29) , or 4 ½” x 2 ¾” (24) with 9 photos of various other sizes. Most photos are corner mounted on both recto and verso of album leaves. The album also features assorted pieces of ephemera including newspaper clippings, tickets to sporting events and for travel, as well as assorted mementos from the university such as commencement announcements and report cards. Most of the ephemera and a few photos are tipped in. Album covers measure 13 ½” x 10 ½”. String bound black pebbled leather covers and black photo paper within. Covers have some light soiling and wear but are overall in very good condition. One of the album leaves is loose. Some photos are overexposed and have poor image quality, but otherwise all are in very good condition. Photos are usually labeled on the verso or below in white ink on the album leaf. Ephemera has some toning, light soiling, and wrinkling from glue. The first few leaves of the album are either blank or have ephemera attached, with a certificate of admittance to the medical board’s examination, alumni ribbons, a newspaper clipping mentioning Pilcher’s appointment to a hospital in Seattle, and tickets showing travel by rail across the country and a steamship trip to Alaska. The photos begin with scenes from university life at the University of Virginia from 1923 to 1925. Notable scenes include large-scale pillow fights, shots of campus, parades, portraits of Pilcher and his classmates, and football games. Interspersed are some photos from trips to Paisley, Swift Creek, and an unnamed lake. Following those photos is a number of leaves with ephemera including tickets for sporting events, movies, and trains; cards showing Pilcher’s membership in the German Club and Young Men’s Christian Association; logos for universities around Virginia; name cards for Pilcher and others; and invitations to commencement ceremonies. There is also a series of somewhat disturbing newspaper clippings describing Pilcher’s legal troubles after two corpses were found on the banks of the creek near his residence. Apparently Pilcher and his cousin took two bodies from the university's medical school home for examination while on vacation. They tried to remove the skin first by burning then by leaving them in the creek for the fish. Two months later a 15-year-old boy found the bodies and called the police. It seems Pilcher’s status in the medical school allowed him to avoid a murder investigation. Following a number of portraits are photos showing Plicher in Seattle for an internship at the Virginia Mason Clinic. The final section of the album consists of photos from Pilcher’s trip to Alaska. Pictures from the trip are largely of gorgeous scenery, particularly mountains and waterfalls. Pilcher’s various forms of transportation are also captured with photos aboard a steamship, railcar, and an old-fashioned bus labelled “Richardson Highway Transportation Company. ” There is also Pilcher’s expense account for a trip to Vienna in 1932-33 and a photo of Dr. Michael Kaplan in Vienna. There are no other photos from that trip. The final leaf has two letters to Pilcher. One from the Mayo Clinic Foundation in 1932 accepting him to a fellowship in urology and one from 1928 electing him to the University of Virginia chapter of Alpha Omega Alpha. This album provides a fascinating slice of university life in the 1920’s combined with an Alaksan travelogue through the eyes of a young doctor.

Item #17588

Price: $850.00