The LCS Neill James Memorial Photo Collection consists of images that document the life and travels of Neill James during the period 1935 - 1943. Currently, there are over 100 images cataloged in the database and displayed here. Additional materials still are as yet uncataloged.As volunteers can be recruited to support this project, the remaining images will be scanned and added to the database. Originals of these images are archived at the Lake Chapala Society.
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Location: HawaiiHawaii (C. 1935)
Date: C. 1935
Description: Parker Ranch, a working cattle ranch on the Island of Hawaii. Founded in 1847, it predates many mainland ranches in Texas and other Southwestern states. The founder of the ranch was John Palmer Parker. He assisted King Kamehameha I in ridding the island of feral bulls and was granted land on which he established the ranch. (From Wikipedia)
Reference #: 2013.03.0125
Note: Handwritten note on back of photo: "Parker Ranch in Hawaii + Future thoroughbred (?) flanked steaks grazing on slopes of a Volcano." & "Universal Film Parker Ranch"
Description: Cormorant Fishing in Gifu, Japan. Per Wikipedia: "Cormorant fishing is a traditional fishing method in which fishermen use trained cormorants to fish in rivers. Historically, cormorant fishing has taken place in Japan and China since about 960 AD."
Reference #: 2013.03.0024
Location: Mexico 1943Mexico 1943 (1943)
Description: Neill James (in white parka) with members of the Club Exploraciones de Mexico on floor of the crater of Popocatepetl volcano. After exiting the crater, she slipped on the icy slope of the volcano and hurtled down, impacting on a volcanic boulder. She was rushed to a hospital with numerous cuts and abrasions, a dislocated shoulder and a leg broken in three places.
Reference #: 2013.03.0129
Note: Note attached to photo: "Neill James (shown in white hooded parka) with members of the ClubExploraciones de Mexico on floor of Popocatepetl Volcano, reached via descent of an 80 meter rope ladder."
Location: HawaiiHawaii (1935)
Description: A photo of Hoopuloa on the Kona Coast before it was destroyed by a 1500 feet wide and 50 feet deep lava flow from the Mauna Loa volcano. In 1935, the moving lava flow threatened Hilo. At the request of the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, U.S. Army Air Force planes bombed the volcano's lava tubes. This action was credited with stopping the lava flow; however, modern volcanologists believe that the bombing had no effect, and that the flow stopped on its' own.
Reference #: 2013.03.0118
Note: Stamp on the back of the photo states that it is "the property of the (unreadable) chief of staff, G-2, Hawaiian Department, Fort Shafter, T.H." Handwritten note states: "Village of Hoopuloa on Kona Coast of Hawaii just before it was buried under the black stream of lava 1500 ft. wide & 50 ft. deep shown descending upon it."
Description: Yoshito, the most famous doll maker in Japan, using Mizu Yaeko, a well known Japanese actress, as the model.
Reference #: 2013.03.0019
Note: Note on Photo: "Yoshito, the most famous doll maker in Japan uses Mizu Yaeko, a well known Japanese actress as the model.
Location: MexicoMexico (1943)
Description: Neill James: "One by one we stepped over the precipice and began the descent down the 225 foot rope ladder into the fume filled crater of Popocatepetl volcano. Photo shows Senor Jose Turu swinging in mid-air half way down."
Reference #: 2013.03.0128
Note: Above quote taken from typewritten note attached to photo.
Location: FinlandFinland (c. 1938)
Date: c. 1938
Description: Neill James' guide Isaak Walle and a traveller who joined them. The picture shows her reindeer and pulkka. Isaak Walle was also a policeman, and represented the law at the reindeer round-up.
Reference #: 2013.03.0073
Note: Hand written note on back of photo: "My guide Walle and the Lap traveler who joined us at Akasjokisuu (?) - showing my reindeer and Pulkka." CH II is also written on the back, referencing chapter two in "Petticoat Vagabond Among the Nomads".
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