The Heian Maru was a Japanese ocean liner owned by the NYK Line that launched in 1930 and offered a transpacific service between Yokohama and Seattle. The ship was requisitioned by the Japanese during WWII and was sunk in 1944. There are eleven (11) photographs from his journey across the Pacific on the Heian Maru, including one of the ship's officers Captain Ogaura and Chief Officer Hamada. While in Japan, he stopped in Tokyo, Kobe, Kamakura, and Yokohama.The World: Gloeckner & Newby Company, [1934-1935]. A collection of seventy-one (71) black and white photographs of a Grand World Tour that went from America to Asia, the Middle East, Northern African, and Europe. The collection is dated to circa 1934-1935 as there are several pictures of the Sky Ride Towers, a ride at the 1933-1934 Chicago World's Fair, A Century of Progress. As there are little to no crowds in the photographs, they were most likely taken after the fair ended in October 1934 but prior to when the towers were demolished in August of 1935. A young man was traveling, based on captions identified as "myself" in the photographs. Most of the locations and people in the photographs have been identified on the back. The tour appears to have started in Chicago, IL, where a train was then taken Northwest, though Minneapolis to Glacier National Park in Montana, over the Rockies and to Seattle. There are fourteen (14) photographs from this portion of the trip, most from the train ride though the Rockies. From Seattle, he boarded the a ship call Heian Maru and sailed passed Vancouver on his way to Japan. There are eight (8) photographs (including two duplicates) from his time in Japan, of note are: The Great Buddha from Kamakura (where according to the description on the back there was a sign that says "No Photographing", which was obviously ignored), Hachiman Shrine in Kamakura, and the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. It is here that the exact route taken for the rest of the trip becomes unclear. Based on the information on the back of the photographs, he boarded another NYK Ocean Liner named the Hakozaki Manu (launched in 1922 and sunk in 1945 during WWII). There are two (2) photographs of his time on this ship. He toured other parts of Asia, such as China, Hong Kong, Philippines, Vietnam, and Singapore, before heading to the Middle East and Northern Africa. It is unknown if he took the Hakozaki Maru the whole way, or switched to another ship. For example, there is one (1) photograph in the collection of a group of three people on the "Grant", which may or may not be the SS President Grant (originally known as the Pine Tree State, and later renamed the USS Harris during WWII) which was an ocean liner that in the 1930s operated in the 'orient' first for the American Orient Lines and later the American Mail Lines. However the exact routes the ship serviced were unable to be identified. There are nine (9) photographs from his time in Asia, of note are: Hong Kong Harbor, University of Santo Tomas and the Santa Clara Convent in Manila, Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral, and the Singapore Harbor. Side note: There is one unidentified photograph included in this grouping that is most likely of Hong Kong, but that is unverified. As he continued on his journey he stopped in Sri Lanka, and there are two (2) photographs of Colombo, the largest city in Sri Lanka. From there he stopped briefly in Yemen, taking one (1) photograph of the Cisterns of Tawila, otherwise known as the Tawila Tanks in Aden, Yemen. He crossed through the Red Sea to the Mediterranean Sea, mostly likely through the Suez Canal, but the only photograph in the collection from this portion of the trip: it is a single (1) photograph of him on the bow of the ship in the middle of the Red Sea at noon with a young boy. There are five (5) photographs of his time in Egypt with the Great Pyramids and the Sphinx. After Egypt, he most likely sailed across the Mediterranean Sea to Italy, more specially Pompeii, where there are two (2) photographs of him in the ruins of Pompeii. He then passed through the Strait of Gibraltar, proven by two (2) photographs in the collection, one of the Rock of Gibraltar and the other from inside the Spanish section of the town of Gibraltar itself. Next stop was France, where he spent some time in Paris, Marseille, and Rouen. There are six (6) photographs of his time in France, of note: Notre Dame, Place de la Concorde, and the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, and the Gros Horloge and the site of Joan of Arc's execution in Rouen. The last stop on his journey was England, where he went to London and Winchester. There are five (5) photographs from his time in England including Westminster Abbey, Whitehall, and Winchester College and its War Cloister (a war memorial). He traveled home to America on the RMS Berengaria, mostly like to New York City. The Berengaria was an ocean liner built and launched as the Imperator in 1913 by the Hambur-Amerika Line. She was given to England as reparation for the sinking of the Lusitania and sold to the Cunard Line (who merged with the White Star Line in 1934) and renamed the Berengaria. She served as a transatlantic ocean liner sailing between Southampton, England and New York until she caught fire in 1938 and was shortly thereafter scrapped. There are two (2) photographs the collection of the journey on the Berengaria, one of her deck, and the other of a boxing match taking place for entertainment. The photographs themselves come in an official envelope from the developers, Gloeckner & Newby Company in New York, NY. Measures 4 1/2" x 2" (photographs), 6 3/4" x 4 1/2" (envelope).
To view the collection, please click on the following link: https://photos.app.goo.gl/VRyHn35DufQaCG3D6. General wear. Some photographs are faded or clouded, it is unclear if they were exposed wrong initially or have become so over time. Envelope has minor tears, and edge wear.