lizzie le blond safari museum emlb-album-1-gallery-cover-photoThis album, which bears the gilt initials “E. M.” opens with a shot of the region Lizzie honeymooned with her second husband, Dr. Main in 1886. The book then skips ahead to 1888 and includes an astonishing array of photos covering city scenes, mountaineering and winter sports.
Lizzie's photograph captions show her humor and her dedication to whatever the subject at hand. In Album 1, she focuses on personal commentary about friends and the scenic landscape she was suddenly immersed within. In later albums, she whimsically discusses how to climb on ropes while in a skirt with captions like “Nevermind Your Womankind!.” She also logs precise mileage on her biking tour and even sets her camera to actual level to demonstrate how much the famed Tower of Pisa is truly leaning.
While many of the albums overlap on dates, people and places, each has its own voice and its own distinct individuality that seems to have mirrored the many facets of Lizzie’s own character.
emlb-sb-1_001EMLB SB 1 1.1“Les Avants. March 1886” Mountain picture, pine trees on bottom of picture. Labeled with “190 Jean Ville”, lower right side on back. Research has led Safari Staff to determine “Jean Ville” was one of perhaps many pseudonyms Lizzie used in her early writing career. Research also suggests this was likely taken during Lizzie's honeymoon with Dr. J.F. Main.
emlb-sb-1_002EMLB SB 1 1.2“Maloja, April 7th 1890”. Winter scene, 7 people in picture. Standing near building. Also with horses, sled, well, firewood/lumber.
emlb-sb-1_003-edited-with-filter001EMLB SB 1 1.3 “Maloja, April 7th 1890”. Taken with people standing near side of building; two women loaded in back of wagon. Horses, buggies, carriages, wagons.
emlb-sb-1_004EMLB SB 1 1.4 “Cassachia, April 7th 1890”. Men near carriage on side of building. Horses, buggies, wagons
emlb-sb-1_005EMLB SB 1 1.5 “Innsbrück, May 28th 1890”. Picture taken facing street with tall building spire in background, with a saint figure on top of a fountain or memorial in the street, also showing people walking in street.
emlb-sb-1_006EMLB SB 1 1.6 “Innsbrück, May 28th 1890”. Picture taken on street. With people, wooden carts and a wagon. City scene.