Haiti Tourist Bureau photographs, 1950-1955

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Summary

Abstract:
Collection consists of seventeen glossy 8x10 inch black-and-white photographs of tourist destinations and activities in Haiti, marked on the versos with the associated name of the Haiti Tourist Bureau in New York City, established sometime around 1950. These images served as visual components for the island's 1950s tourism campaigns, and show white tourists in various posed scenes, visiting handicraft shops and outdoor markets, riding donkeys, enjoying the beach, and watching folkloric dances. There are also several views of the capital, Port-au-Prince, and smaller towns such as Cap-Haïtien, as well as resorts, beaches, town streets, and mountainsides. Noted Haitian photographer Edouard Peloux's name appears on a print signed "Ed. Peloux, 19-7-53." The rest are unsigned and undated. Several of the photographs appear in a 1955 publication, "A Guide to Haiti, Star of the Caribbean," also by the Haiti Tourist Bureau.
Extent:
0.2 Linear Feet (1 box)
Language:
Materials in English
Collection ID:
RL.11783

Background

Scope and content:

Collection consists of seventeen glossy 8x10 inch black-and-white photographs of tourist destinations and activities in Haiti, marked on the versos with the associated name of the Haiti Tourist Bureau in New York City, established sometime around 1950. These images served as visual components for the island's 1950s tourism campaigns, and show white tourists in various posed scenes, visiting handicraft shops and outdoor markets, riding donkeys, enjoying the beach, and watching folkloric dances. There are also several views of the capital, Port-au-Prince, and smaller towns such as Cap-Haïtien, as well as resorts, beaches, town streets, and mountainsides. Noted Haitian photographer Edouard Peloux's name appears on a print signed "Ed. Peloux, 19-7-53." The rest are unsigned and undated. Several of the photographs appear in a 1955 publication, "A Guide to Haiti, Star of the Caribbean," also by the Haiti Tourist Bureau.

Biographical / historical:

The Haiti Tourist Bureau was established sometime around 1950 and had an office on Rockefeller Plaza. At the time the images in this collection were taken, the director was Louis Pierre-Noel, and after his departure in 1953, Hermann L. Désir. The agency seems to have been affiliated with Haiti's Office national du tourisme et de relations publique, based in Port-au-Prince, whose director at the time was Pierre Chauvet.

Acquisition information:
The Haiti Tourist Bureau photographs were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book Manuscript Library as a purchase in 2019.
Processing information:

Processed by Paula Jeannet and Alanna Styer, November 2019.

Accession(s) represented in this collection guide: 2019-0152.

Arrangement:

The prints are arranged in numerical order according to the original identifiers on the print labels. There are gaps in the numbering.

Physical facet:
17 prints
Dimensions:
8x10 inches
Rules or conventions:
Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Subjects

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Subjects:
Advertising -- Tourism
Tourism -- Haiti
Tourists -- Haiti -- Photographs
Travel Photography
Format:
Black-and-white photographs
Gelatin silver prints
Places:
Haiti -- Description and travel
Haiti -- Photographs

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[Identification of item], Haiti Tourist Bureau photographs, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.