Russell Hamilton Postcard and Photograph Collection

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At A Glance

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  • Creator

    Hamilton, Russell, d. 1911
  • Dates

    circa 1895-1909
  • Physical Description

    193 Items (postcards and photographs, black and white and color)
  • Collection ID


  • Scope and Contents

    Assembled by English petty officer Russell Hamilton (d. 1911) during his voyages made prior to 1909, likely for the British Merchant Marines, documenting images of China, Egypt, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Kuwait, Oman, Madagascar, Mauritius, Seychelles, Somalia, Sri Lanka, and Yemen. The items date from between the late 1890's and 1909.The 183 photographic postcards are both black and white and hand-tinted with many captions in English created for Western audiences They were produced by various publishers, among whom Clifton & Co. The 10 silver prints depict people in daily activities, culture groups, street scenes, city views, architectural monuments and landscapes.
  • Local Numbers

    FSA A2001.13
  • Collector

    Hamilton, Russell, d. 1911
  • Place

    China -- Description and Travel
    Egypt -- description and travel
    Hong Kong -- Description and Travel
    India -- description and travel
    Japan -- Description and Travel
    Sri Lanka -- 1890-1920
  • Custodial History

    Originally given to Hamilton's wife, Ethyl Mary Hadwen Hamilton, as souvenirs of his trips. After her death, her daughter, Mary Shepherd Slusser, received them and in 2001 subsequentlly donated them to the Freer/Sackler in. 49 postcards depicting Madagascar, Mauritius, and the Seychelles were then transferred to the Eliot Elisofon Archives at the National Museum of African Art in February, 2002.
  • Archival Repository

    Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
  • Type

    Collection descriptions
    Archival materials
  • Citation

    Russell Hamilton Postcard and Photograph Collection, FSA.A2001.13. National Museum of Asian Art Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. Gift of Mary Shepherd Slusser, 2002.
  • Arrangement

    The postcards are organized by geographic location.
  • Rights

    Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository.
  • Genre/Form

  • Restrictions

    Collection is open for research.

Repository Contact

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
National Museum of Asian Art Archives
Washington, D.C. 20013