Early photo book by famed western photographer Charles Roscoe Savage of Salt Lake City and area.
Blue Hardcover booklet with a section of photos of Utah, and text section with details information on the photos and general tourist information.
Front cover hand stamped in gold: VIEWS of UTAH by C.R. Savage
Dated by copyright date of 1887 on some photos.
The 16 photo panels ‘accordion’ out. Images include:: ‘East Part of Salt Lake City and Wahsatch Mountains’, ‘Mormon Temples’, ‘Walker Opera House’…
The text section of 24 pages has a title page of :
Advertising on next page:
Savage’s Art Bazar, OPPOSITE the Co-Op, Headquarters for Views of Rocky Mountain Scenery…
For every photo lengthy description. Also local tourist information Last page has elevations.
Back of last page and inside back cover toned.
4” x 5 ⅞”
Charles Roscoe Savage (1832 – 1909) was a British-born landscape and portrait photographer most notable for his images of the American West. Savage converted to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in his youth while living in England. He served a mission in Switzerland and eventually moved to the United States. In America he became interested in photography and began taking portraits for hire in the East. He traveled to Salt Lake City with his family and opened up his Art Bazar where he sold many of his photographs. Savage concentrated his photographic efforts primarily on family portraits, landscapes, and documentary views. He is best known for his 1869 photographs of the linking of the First Transcontinental Railroad at Promontory, Utah.
... Recognizing the need to develop art appreciation to bolster his clientele in Mormon culture, Savage built the Art Bazar. By the late 1870s demand for photographs was high, and Savage was travelling more frequently in search of photographic opportunities....
...Savage decided to try dry plate photography. He was able to operate at an increasing speed and started quickly retaking the photographs that had helped make him famous. Many of the western railroads later used these new photographs to advertise their rail lines.[