I confess to a certain obsession with Harris Weinstock’s travel diaries, which are part of our collection of Harris Weinstock papers (formerly collection # WJHC 1969.035). I am currently cataloging this collection and working out the conservation issues presented by the diaries, so I am getting a nice close look at them. Weinstock kept during the diaries during the 1910s as he travelled the world as Market Director for the state of California, as Labor Commissioner of California, and as part of the American Commission investigating agricultural cooperation in the United States. There are 18 diaries in all. Each contains Weinstock’s writing as well as his photographs and postcards he collected on his travels to Europe, East Asia, South Asia, Africa, Central and South America, and throughout the United States.
The images below are from a journal Weinstock kept of his trip to Panama under the auspices of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce in 1912. This particular diary includes many images of Panama’s landscape and its people as well as striking images of the Panama Canal in progress.