1900 · California, Niagara Falls, St. Louis World's Fair, Hawaii, Philippines, Japan
The first 36 photographs document an extensive year-long honeymoon taken by Maurice F. Lowenstein and his wife Anna Sutro. 14 photographs, apparently added later, show their young child in the care of a Japanese nanny. All of the photographs are in nice shape and glued to the pages. The pages are loose in the album as the binding thongs are missing. The album begins with wedding day photographs at their cottage in San Ysidro, their buggy ride to the Santa Barbara train station, touring Niagara Falls, and visiting the St. Louis World's Fair. The eight world's fair photographs include images of the fairgrounds, the main concourse, the Tyrolean Alps, and several exhibits. Subsequently, the couple visited Hawaii, the Philippines, Japan, and possibly Hong Kong (all places where the Castle Brothers had a business presence). Photographs include The captain of their ship to Hawaii, A group of fellow travelers (or perhaps business associates) in Honolulu wearing straw hats and leis, Riding in rickshaws at Kobe, Feeding pigeons in Kamakura, "Being friendly with the Japanese," The ship to Manila, and The heavily-flowered veranda of their Manila residence. Five photographs of their child show the baby in the care of a traditionally well-dressed Japanese woman; one shows the child resting in front of a folding screen decorated with a blossoming cherry tree.
At the time the album was compiled, Maurice F. Lowenstein was an executive with Castle Brothers, Wolfe and Sons, the major North American importer of Philippine sugar. With time, Lowenstein rose in rank to become the President of the firm which had been renamed, the Pacific Commercial Company. (Inventory #: 008605)