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On the Road:

Travel Photographs from the Collections of the Ohio Historical Society


This image of coal being loaded into a ship, bucket by bucket, hand over hand, thoroughly captures Nagasaki's long-standing reputation for being a coaling site. In fact, for more than 200 years Nagasaki, Japan was one of only two Japanese ports open to foreign trade. Charles Jones, a long-time Columbus resident and one-time staff member working for the advancement of the Methodist Centenary movement, lived with his family in China in 1919, was probably the maker of this photograph during his stay in the Far-East.

Generally thought of as being one of the better Roman ruin sites, present day Timgad is located in Algeria. Between 100 A.D. and 600 A.D., nearly 15,000 people lived here in a thriving and luxurious city, described as having a public library, marble baths, and palaces. The Friends of the Land, a Columbus-based conservation organization, used this image as a means of evidence for the worldwide need of conservation farming techniques, as the fertile lands surrounding the city was, in their opinion, both the sustanance and the ultimate demise of the city and its inhabitants.

Venice. Certainly one of the more romantic European destinations, at least in reputation, if not actuality. Having an air and style unto itself, the city, in addition to thriving as a port at one time, has long relyed on this romance and culture to entice visitors. John Prat Hopley, Sr. a newspaperman from Bucyrus, Ohio, traveled extensively in Europe in the late nineteenth century with his family, gathering mementos and photographs along the way, like this carte de visite of a gondola on a Venetian canal.

This photograph, taken in about 1920, of travelers stopped on the road was made at Brunig Pass, an old route through the Bernese Alps in Switzerland. The gentleman using the alphorn and the young girl with him are unidentified. The image is from a collection assembled by Garrett Hayes Coleman, himself a railroadman from southern Ohio, while acquiring railroad related photographs, papers, and ephemera, a lifelong quest of his.

One of Zanesville, Ohio's leading citizens, Colonel T. F. Spangler, in addition to being responsible for developing the land that became Fair Oaks and Maplewood neighborhoods, also taught school, practiced law, founded several banks, directed the local workhouse, served as an officer in civic and professional organizations, was a member of six fraternal organizations, and served as an elder in his church. He is known to have said that travel gave him great pleasure. He's pictured here with his wife in Egypt.

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