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Virgin Islands 1900's

This exhibit features photographs from six collections, many of which have never been made available to the public. The collections include:

Artwork of the 1800's

This exhibition features collections from four artists, and are the unique properties of the St. Croix Landmarks Society, purchased and/or donated to by generous patrons.

  • Reverend Henry Morton: Drawings and water colors of St. Croix, 1844 and 1845
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  • Dr. Allen Voorhees Lesley: Drawings of St. Croix and St. Thomas, 1856
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  • William Clark: "Ten Views of the Island of Antigua," depicting the Sugar Making Process in the late 1800s
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  • Unknown Artist: 12 water colors of St. Croix Landscapes, Flora and Fauna, 1832 
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Axel Ovesen

Consists of over 1,000 photographs taken by the local photographer Axel Ovesen in the first half of the 20th century.

Born in Denmark, Axel Ovesen was stationed in St. Croix in 1904. When law enforcement was transferred from the Danish Military to the local Militia, Axel Ovesen opted to make St. Croix his permanent home. Landmarks is fortunate to have this large collection of his work.

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1880 to 1920 Photographs

This exhibit consists of five collections of photographs taken in the Caribbean from 1880 to 1920. 

The first is a collection of over 250 photographs was donated to the Landmarks Society by the family of Captain A. J. Blackwood. Half of the photographs are specific to St. Croix, while the other half were taken in other Caribbean locations and South America.  All are from the period 1880 to 1900. 

The second collection consists of two photograph albums donated to the Landmarks Society Library in 1983 by Rachel Armstrong Colby. It is not known how Ms. Colby came to acquire the albums, but they are the vacation memories of W. H. Denjing and his traveling companions, taken on two excursions to the Windward Islands, in 1901 and again in 1912. Some of the photographs from the 300-photograph album of the 1901 trip include pictures taken on a previous trip in 1889. All the photographs are dated and identified, which is a rare occurrence in most collections. 

This exhibit also includes photographs from the Howard Jackson Collection (circa late 1800s), the R. H. Amphlett Leader Collection (circa 1900 to 1920), and the McWilliams Family Collection.

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