On the Road - 4


Small western travel albums

Small western travel albums

Ca. 1890-1930

An album of an automobile trip through California, ca. 1920s with photographs of tourist sights and travelers, often identified or annotated. The album is entitled “The Auto Guest Book of Mobile Maxims” by Ethel Watts-Mumford, Grant and Richard Butler Glaenzer. Another album of images from a merchants California excursion and family views, ca. 1911. And an album of a trip to Colorado , Yellowstone, Wyoming, and the Pacific coast by Jean H. Pickard and E. Hazel Gleason, 1930.

DeGolyer Library, Prints and Photographs, Ag1982.0077


It might have been worse; a motor trip from coast to coast

Mrs. Beatrice (Larned) Massey

It might have been worse; a motor trip from coast to coast

San Francisco: Harr Wagner publishing co., 1920

Beatrice Massey and her husband drove west with two friends from New York to California in the summer of 1919. The car and passengers traveled by ship or train for part of the trip. Inspired by Emily Post’s 1916 book about her travels, By Motor to the Golden Gate, and caught up in what she calls “motor fever,” Beatrice captured her adventures, giving wonderful insight into early auto travel. “May I state, at the start, that this account of our motor trip from New York City to San Francisco is intended to be not only a road map and a motor guide for prospective tourists, but also to interest would-be or near motorists who take dream trips to the pacific?” In total, the trip consisted of 4154 miles over 33 days and took 338 gallons of gasoline which at the time cost 21-40 cents.

DeGolyer Library, General Collection, E168 .M4 1920


Seeing the West; suggestions for the westbound traveler

Kate Ethel Mary Dumbell (1868-1948)

Seeing the West; suggestions for the westbound traveler

Garden City, New York: Doubleday, Page & Company, 1920

Kate Ethel Mary Dumbell’s work covers her regional travel in 5 parts: the southern Rockies, the northern Rockies, the Northwest, California, and the Southwest. “It is earnestly requested of all travelers, old and young alike, that they shall do their part toward preserving unimpaired the beauty of the spots that they visit, and that instead of disfiguring the landscape by scattering the debris of their lunch baskets, together with torn papers and broken boxes, all along their route, they shall conscientiously avail themselves of the trash-cans everywhere liberally provided for their use.”

DeGolyer Library, General Collection, F595 .D89


Automobiling in the Pacific Northwest

Pacific Northwest Tourist Association

Automobiling in the Pacific Northwest

[Seattle, Washington?]: [Pacific Northwest Tourist Association], [1921]

Map and brochure advertising the Pacific Northwest: Washington, Oregon, and British Columbia. Travelers visiting this region can enjoy smooth driveways, national parks, snowcapped mountains and waterfalls.

DeGolyer Library, Pamphlet Collection, F852 .A894


Texas Album, Start Greenville, June 1922

Texas Album, Start Greenville, June 1922

Small travel album illustrating a trip (1922) from Greenville to Galveston via Dallas, Waco, Austin, San Antonio and Houston. “Lib” and Glen start out in Greenville in June 1922 and make it to Waco on the first leg of their trip. Album comprises many photographs and annotations by the creator, postcards, maps, and small ephemera. The second leg of the trip takes them to Austin, while the third leg takes them down to San Antonio where they spent 2 days. “Lib” and Glen spend their trip exploring various swimming holes, fishing, and sightseeing. They spend some time exploring Houston before finally arriving at their final destination of Galveston beach.

DeGolyer Library, Prints and Photographs, Ag2005.0006

Purchase, 2005