Flagstaff, Arizona: Coconino Sun. 1911. Newspaper. Five issues of the Coconino Sun documenting the Kolb Brothers' journey down the Green and Colorado Rivers from 1911 to 1912. The five issues include: May 26, 1911, Volume XXVIII, Number 26; September 8, 1911, Volume XXVIII, Number 41; October 20, 1911, Volume XXVII, Number 47; November 17, 1911, Volume XXVIII, Number 51; November 24, 1911, Volume XXVIII, Number 52. The set does not include the last issue referring to the Kolb brothers' journey, dated to January 26, 1912. Issues have between 8pp to 12pp, many advertisements and a full page of illustrated cattle brands (around 58 brands). Included on the brand page of each issue is the brand illustration on the animal, written description of the brand, and range area of the herd, along with a horse brand chart. Prominent owner names include Babbitt, Hart, and Verkamp. Issues measure between 13" x 20" to 15" x 21 ½". In good condition. All issues are fragile with toning and tape repairs; chipped edges and some margin loss; all leaves are disbound, likely extracted from a book; "Territorial Lib 1106" rubber stamp on upper left corner of each issue. In the May 26, 1911 issue, editor Fred S. Breen published a short article on the Kolb brothers' intentions of taking a trip from the headwaters of the Green River to Needles. The article was titled "Will Attempt Perilous Trip" which led to a regular correspondence between the Coconino Sun and the Kolb Brothers. In the September 8, 1911 issue the brothers mention that they saw the notice in Breen's newspaper concerning their "contemplated trip for still and motion pictures through the Green and Colorado Rivers." They go on to say they have all their supplies and are ready to go but that "the town people here look on us as a physician might a hopeless case and then relate wierd [sic] stories of others who attempted the voyage and never heard from again." In the October 20, 1911 issue the article was titled "Making Perilous Jorney [sic]- Kolb Brothers Write Last from Jensen, Utah on Way Down Colorado," the writer of these articles continuing with the theme of the "perilous journey." And so it was, for in this issue the brothers disclose that "our third party would weep like a child when we got into tight places. We sent him home 155 miles overland to rail. We two will continue the trip alone." The next issue, November 17, 1911, mentions their experience through Cataract Canyon, their discovery of a man stranded but who refused their help, and in the end "their boats and camera's came through Cataract Canyon successfully." The last issue included here has quite interesting content, including an update that the Kolb Brothers reached the Grand Canyon "tired and wet, but happy," an article concerning the Prohibitionists on the State Ticket, another about a "Water Wizzard [sic] Well Worker," and a rather ridiculous article about a group of Oatman, Arizona bachelors proposing marriage en masse to 250 widows of Santa Monica, the article titled "These Bachelors Want Wives." Ellsworth and Emory Kolb completed their journey in January 1912, emerging from the Grand Canyon with photographs and films that they would show for the next sixty years. A rare record of the Kolb brothers' daring journey. No copies found in commerce as of January 2018. . (Inventory #: 014819)
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