Lomen Brothers photographs, approximately 1900-1934  PDF

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Lomen Bros
Lomen Brothers photographs
approximately 1900-1934 (inclusive)
518 photographic prints (2 boxes) and 67 mitrate negatives (1 box)
Collection Number
Photographs of Alaska including images of Eskimo people, Nome and residents, reindeer business, ships, airplanes
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Biographical NoteReturn to Top

G. J. Lomen and his son Carl originally came to Nome as part of the 1900 gold rush. G.J. Lomen soon established a profitable law practice. In 1903 Carl's mother, sister Helen, and brothers Ralph, Harry and Alfred moved from Minnesota to Nome. Brother George arrived in Nome in 1906, opening a men's furnishing store in 1907. The family was involved in many commercial and civic interests including law, their reindeer corporation, lighterage, retail, and photography. In 1908 the brothers bought a photographic studio and later bought the negatives of several other photographers including Dobbs, Nowell, Goetze and Kinne. Brothers Carl, Harry, Alfred, and Ralph Lomen were partners in the business. Harry managed the studio and all of them took photographs, quickly learning how to keep cameras in working order at Arctic temperatures. Alfred became particularly interested in photography and took most of the photos. In September 1934, a fire destroyed their studio along with 25,000-30,000 negatives and 50,000 commercial prints. Approximately 3,000 negatives were salvaged. The Lomens never reopened their photography business but they remained in Nome, pursuing their other business enterprises, including the Lomen Reindeer Corporation. By the 1940's they all moved to Seattle, Washington, where George died in 1934, Alfred in 1950, Harry in 1957 and Carl in 1965.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Photographs and negatives depicting Nome and vicinity, Alaska, the Lomen family, their business activities, reindeer, residents of Nome, Eskimo people, Nome mining operations, dogsled teams, ships and boats, and aviation. The collection includes Lomen Bros. Studio photos, informal snapshots, and photos printed from the negatives of other professional photographers.

Other Descriptive InformationReturn to Top

The Lomen Brothers bought negatives from several other professional photographers and reissued the photographs under the Lomen Bros. studio name, as was accepted practice in the early 20th century. Among the Lomens' purchases were negatives from Dobbs, Nowell, Kinne, Goetze and Kinne. About 40 were photos in this collection were identified as originating from non-Lomen studios, and are located in the Other Photographers series within this collection.

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Lomen businesses and familyReturn to Top

The Lomen family was involved in many commercial and civic interests including law, retail, lighterage, photography, and their reindeer corporation. In 1908 the brothers opened a drugstore and bought a photographic studio. Polk's Business Directory from 1915 lists the brothers as photographers and stationers, Carl Lomen as Chief Clerk U.S. District Court, George Lomen & Co clothing and mens' furnishings, Gutbrand J Lomen as Attorney at Law, Notary public, and Norwegian Vice Consul, and Ralph Lomen as Chief of Police. The Lomen family developed a large reindeer empire in Alaska. They bought their first herd in 1914, created a natural cold storage plant at Elephant Point in 1920, and organized the Lomen Transportation Company to meet the problem of insufficient ocean shipboard refrigeration. The Lomen brothers' photography business in Nome ended in 1934 when the great Nome fire destroyed their studio. The Lomens remained in Nome, pursuing their many other business enterprises. They sold their interests in Lomen Reindeer in 1940, pursuant to the 1934 Reindeer Act, but continued in the lighterage business as Lomen Commercial Company of Nome.

Container(s) Description Dates
Lomen businesses
Box/Folder item
1/1 1
 Five officers and directors of Lomen and Co. with gold bars in Lomen Bros. office (Lomen 1424)
Jafet Lindeberg and G.J. Lomen, second and third from left; Carl Lomen on the right.
September 1919
1/1 2 1925-1940
1/1 3 1925-1940
1/1 4 1925-1940
1/1 5
 Lomen family outside the storefront of Lomen Commercial Company General Merchandise building in Nome, Alaska
Probably Carl Lomen, 2nd from left; Ralph Lomen, 3rd from left; Helen Lomen 2nd from right; Alfred Lomen far right.
1/1 6 1934
1/1 7 1934
1/1 8
 Lomen Commercial Co. warehouse after 1945 storm viewed from the harbor
Written on verso: 1945 storm. Frozen ground presented considerably more damage. spring 1946.
Spring 1946
1/1 9 circa 1950
1/1 10
Interior room with fireplace, rocking chairs, display of knick-knacks and postcards
Probably the interior of a Lomen business.
Lomen Reindeer Corporation - Lomen Bros. photos
In 1914, the Lomen family purchased 1,200 reindeer from Alfred Nilima, a Lapplander living in the Kotzebue Sound area. By 1918, the Lomen brothers had purchased 6,268 deer from Lapp herds and the native missions at Teller and Golovin. Between 1914 and 1929, the Lomen Corporation bought 14,083 reindeer at a total cost of $236,156.00. The Lomen brothers came to monopolize the reindeer industry. The empire they established involved thousands of reindeer and included corrals, slaughterhouses, cold storage plants, refrigerated ships and retail stores where herding supplies are sold. They also controlled three of the most important shipping posts. At the peak of the commercial reindeer industry, the Lomen Brothers sold 50,000 reindeer carcasses between 1927 and 1930. With the passage of the 1934 Reindeer Act on September 1, 1934, which restricted ownership of domestic reindeer in Alaska to Natives only. The Lomens sold their large herd to the government at a low price in 1940.
Box/Folder item
1/2 11 1914-1934
1/2 12 1914-1934
1/2 13a 1914-1934
1/2 13b
Closeup of the three reindeer grazing on a stony outcrop in the summer
Enlarged, cropped image of 13a.Lomen Studio stamp.
1/2 13c
Closeup of the three reindeer grazing on a stony outcrop in the summer
Postcard of 13aLomen Studio stamp
1/2 14 1914-1934
1/2 15a
 Close-up of reindeer in front of tree
Lomen Studio stampWritten on verso, copyrighted by Lomen Bros Nome.
1/2 15b
Close-up of reindeer in front of tree
Postcard size of 15a. Caption on photo: The Seasons Greetings from Carl and Laura Lomen.
1/2 16 1914-1934
1/2 17 1914-1934
1/2 18
Reindeer sled teams with two herders (Lomen 611)
Lomen Studio stamp.Caption on photo: On the trail.
Reindeer - Lomen Bros. postcard size
Box/Folder item
1/3 19
 Aerial view of Elephant Point during summer
Elephant Point is where the Lomen brothers built their reindeer plant with corrals and cold storage.
1/3 20 1920-1930
1/3 21
 Postcard of large reindeer herd on plain
Caption on photograph: [illeg.] herd 1916.
1/3 22 Winter 1915-1916
1/3 23 1914-1934
1/3 24-27 1914-1934
1/3 28 1914-1934
1/3 29 1914-1934
1/3 30 1914-1934
1/3 31
Three men and reindeer sled teams in front of a snow covered cabin
Written on verso: An abandoned cabin turned into a snow house by covering it with blocks of snow.
1/3 32
 Man in fur parka with young reindeer in the snow
Caption on photo: Dan and 'Spot.'
1/3 33
 Eskimo herder with two reindeer and sled on snow field with trees (Lomen 598)
Caption on photo: Eskimo deerman on the trail in Alaska.
1/3 34 1914-1934
1/3 35
 Group of corralled reindeer with Santa Claus
The Lomens started using a Santa Claus promotion with reindeer in 1923.
1/3 36 1923-1935
1/3 37 1923-1935
1/3 38 1923-1935
1/3 39 1914-1934
1/3 40
 Harry Lomen in field with sled and harnessed reindeer "Dick"
Scan of nitrate negative.Caption on postcard: Harry and "Dick".Lomen Studio stamp.
Reindeer Fair
According to Carl Lomen's memoir Fifty years in Alaska, the Reindeer Fair was started in 1915 as a way to increase interest in the reindeer industry and provide an opportunity for widely dispersed Eskimo herdsmen to exchange ideas. The first fair was held near Pilgrim River and on the Seward Peninsula. "A week spent in friendly rivalry, competitions, and visiting would give everybody an opportunity to observe various methods in action and to exchange techniques of handling the animals." Contests and demonstrations were held in lassoing, sled-lashing, shooting, races, etc. In 1916 the fair was held in February, at the Kruzamapa Hot Springs, across Golden Gate Pass from Nome. At the third and final fair in 1917, Eskimos arrived in their finest fur parkas, and decorated reindeer harnesses with carved pieces of walrus ivory and brightly colored yarn pompoms. In 1918, the influenza epidemic killed most of the most experienced Eskimo deermen and the reindeer fairs were never revived.
Box/Folder item
1/4 41
 Young reindeer in decorative harness
Probably at Reindeer Fair.
1/4 42 1915-1917
1/4 43
 Postcard of six Eskimo men with their reindeer and sleds with buildings in the background
Caption on photo: Eskimo Reindeer men on the Kuzitrin River, Alaska.Probably at Reindeer Fair.
1/4 44
 Postcard of reindeer sled caravan at Golden Gate Pass, Alaska
Probably at Reindeer Fair.Lomen Studio postcard.
1/4 45
 Herd of reindeer in snow-covered field (Lomen 583D)
Caption on photo: Alaska reindeer - Igloo herd #1.Probably at Reindeer Fair.Lomen Studio postcard.
1/4 46 1915-1917
1/4 47
Reindeer herd at Kruzamapa Hot Springs, Alaska
Lomen Studio stampSite of Reindeer Fair
1/4 48a
Reindeer herd at Kruzamapa Hot Springs, Alaska
Lomen Studio stampSite of Reindeer Fair
1/4 48b
 Reindeer herd at Kruzamapa Hot Springs, Alaska
Postcard of 13a with cropped image.Site of Reindeer Fair
Lomen Studio stamp
1/4 49a
 Reindeer herd at Kruzamapa Hot Springs, Alaska
Lomen Studio stampSite of Reindeer Fair
1/4 49b
Reindeer herd at Kruzamapa Hot Springs, Alaska
Cropped and enlarged print of 11aLomen Studio stampSite of Reindeer Fair
1/4 50
 Large group of men in parkas and reindeer sleds (Lomen 548)
Caption on edge of negative: Nome Entry - Jan. 1915 -Probably at 1915 Reindeer Fair.Scan of nitrate negative.
January 1915
1/4 51
 Reindeer sled caravan with four drivers in fur parkas (Lomen 580A)
Probably at Reindeer Fair.Lomen Studio stamp.Scan of nitrate negative.
1/4 52
 Reindeer sled with driver (probably Lomen) in parka
Caption on postcard: On the Trail, March, 1917.Probably at 1917 Reindeer Fair.Lomen Studio stamp.Scan of nitrate negative.
March 1917
1/4 53
 Driver in parka with reindeer sled team taking a break at Pilgrim River, Alaska
Probably en route to Reindeer Fair.Lomen Studio stamp.Scan of nitrate negative.
1/4 54
 Reindeer sled caravan viewed from the rear
Probably en route to Reindeer Fair.Lomen Studio stamp.Scan of nitrate negative.
1/4 55
 Harry Lomen in fur parka with reindeer "Alfred"
Caption on postcard: Harry and Alfred.Probably at Reindeer Fair.Scan of nitrate negative.Lomen Studio stamp.
1/4 56
 Harry Lomen in fur parka and cap with three reindeer, one lying down (Lomen 576)
Caption on postcard: At the NuggetEn route to Reindeer Fair.Scan of nitrate negative.
1/4 57a
 Harnessed reindeer lying down in brush (Lomen 596B)
Possibly at Reindeer Fair.Scan of nitrate negative. 3-1/4" x 5-1/2" negative.
1/4 57b
 Harnessed reindeer lying down in brush (Lomen 596B)
Scan of nitrate negative. 2" x 3" negative; same image as 30na 3-1/4" x 5-1/2" above.
Reindeer - non Lomen Bros. studio photos
Box/Folder item
1/5 58
Two reindeer grazing on grass through snow with a reindeer in the distance and a dog nearby
1/5 59
Four reindeer interacting in the snow
1/5 60 1914-1934
1/5 61
Seven reindeer grazing in the snow
1/5 62
Reindeer herders in snow field with reindeers, loaded sled and large group of children
Written on verso: Canadian Huskies visit camp.
1/5 63 1914-1934
1/5 64
Large herd of reindeer in a corral
1/5 65
 Two reindeer, drivers and sleds at the Keewalik Plant at Elephant Point, Alaska
Written on verso: Sled deer hauling freight from Keewalik.
November 22, 1927
1/5 66 1914-1934
1/5 67 1914-1934
1/5 68
Reindeer in corral with lead attached
1/5 69 1914-1934
1/5 70 1914-1934
1/5 71
 A reindeer, Santa Claus and two men in parkas (possibly Lomen brothers) visiting children in a hospital
To promote the sale of reindeer meat and furs, Lomen and Company collaborate with Macy’s Department Stores to stage annual Christmas parades with Santa Clauses and teams of reindeer driven by Sami (Lapp) and Native herders from Alaska
1/5 72
Two men with two pack reindeer on scrubby field
Printed on photo: USDA emblem.Written on verso: Packing reindeer south of the Yukon. 1926.
1/5 73
Single reindeer in front of grazing herd
1/5 74
Reindeer grazing in snow
1/5 75
 Reindeer among rocks next to sea
Scan of nitrate negative.
1/5 76 1914-1934
1/5 77 1914-1934
1/5 78 1914-1934
1/5 79
Herd of reindeer in field with one man in suit and hat
Scan of nitrate negative.
1/5 80 circa 1920
1/5 81 circa 1920
1/5 82 circa 1920
1/5 83 circa 1920
1/5 84
 Carl Lomen carrying baby reindeer with two men leaning against reindeer pen
Caption on negative: Igloo Point, 1925Scanned from nitrate negative.
Ship Silver Wave postcards
The Lomens organized the Lomen Transportation Company to meet the problem of insufficient ocean refrigeration for reindeer meat. The small schooner Silver Wave was purchased for the Lomen Enterprise Steamship Company in 1923. Around 1924, the Lomens purchased a newly built 60-foot motor vessel which they also named Silver Wave. It was used for service along the coast between the Lomen Company's several stations.
Box/Folder item
1/6 85
 Silver Wave in Port Clarence Bay, Alaska
Lomen Bros stamp.Scanned from nitrate negative.
June 24, 1924
1/6 86
 Silver Wave off shore
Lomen Bros stamp.Scanned from nitrate negative.
June 24, 1924
1/6 87
 Crew on board the Silver Wave
Lomen Bros stamp.Scanned from nitrate negative.
June 24, 1924
1/6 88
 Deck of Silver Wave with rowboat and ropes
Lomen Bros stamp.Scanned from nitrate negative.
June 24, 1924
1/6 89
 Crew on deck and rigging of Silver Wave, anchored offshore
Lomen Bros stamp.Scanned from nitrate negative.
June 24, 1924
1/6 90
Boat Silver Wave in inlet
Lomen Bros stamp.[This is the later, 2nd Silver Wave, purchased in 1924.
Lomen family members
Personal family photos.
Box/Folder item
1/7 91
Possibly Harry Lomen and woman standing in yard
Scanned from nitrate negative.
circa 1925
1/7 92
Lomen brothers, sister and mother outside in yard
Probably Alfred on right, Carl on left.Scanned from nitrate negative.
circa 1925
1/7 93
A Lomen brother standing with two other men in Nome, Alaska street
Scanned from nitrate negative.
June, 1926
1/7 94
Two Lomen brothers standing with another man in Nome, Alaska street with church tower in background (Lomen postcard)
Scanned from nitrate negative.
June, 1926
1/7 95
Harry Lomen painting at easel
Scanned from nitrate negative.
circa 1925
1/7 96
Lomen brother in fur parka with rifle on ice hummock
Hummocks are masses of ice rising to heights of 20 feet above the general level of the Arctic ice pack. These small hills of broken ice are caused by the pressure of ice floes jamming and crushing against each other. Scanned from nitrate negative.
circa 1925
1/7 97
Man shoveling near dog resting on top of large pile of residue or tailings
Probably a Lomen brother.Scanned from nitrate negative.
circa 1925
1/7 98
Probably Carl Lomen outdoors holding model ship ( Silver Wave)?
Scanned from nitrate negative.
1/7 99
Probably Harry Lomen standing next to house
Scanned from nitrate negative.
circa 1925

Lomen Studio workReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Portraits of Eskimo men
The term "Eskimo" is used in Alaska to refer to arctic Alaskans including Inupiaq (Inupiat is the plural form, Inupiaq is singular and Iñupiak is dual) Yupik, and Alutiiq people. Linguists now believe that "Eskimo" is derived from an Ojibwa word meaning "to net snowshoes." In Canada the term "Inuit" is used rather than "Eskimo," but most Alaskans use the name "Eskimo," particularly because "Inuit" refers only to the Inupiat of northern Alaska, the Inuit of Canada, and the Kalaallit of Greenland, and it is not a word in the Yupik languages of Alaska and Siberia. (University of Alaska, Alaska Native Language Center http://www.uaf.edu/anlc/resources/inuit-eskimo/) The Eskimo people have lived in the Bering Straight region as an identifiable culture for at least 4,000 to 6,000 years.
Box/Folder item
1/8 100
 Full length portrait of young Eskimo identified as Tautak in fur parka
Tautuk was the chief herder of the Nome Government reindeer herd.Label on copy in the Museum of History and Industry (#17210 in Alaska- Eskimo Subject File) says "Ablika (ab-LY-Ka) a Port Clarence native, Raindeer [sic] herder worth about $15,000 in reindeer".
circa 1908-1915
Portraits of Eskimo women
Box/Folder item
1/9 101 circa 1908-1915
1/9 102 circa 1908-1915
1/9 103 circa 1908-1915
1/9 104 circa 1908-1915
1/9 105
 Two young Eskimo women wearing fur parkas (Lomen 200)
This black-and-white photo was hand-colored.
circa 1908-1915
Eskimo women - postcard size
Box/Folder item
1/9 106
 Postcard of young Eskimo woman outdoors wearing fur clothing
Written on verso: Eskimo girl in fur parka standing on beach in front of boat shelter.
circa 1908-1915
Eskimo mothers with infants
Box/Folder item
1/10 107 circa 1908-1915
1/10 108 circa 1908-1915
Eskimo children
Box/Folder item
1/11 109
 Laughing Eskimo child named Mukpie in a fur parka
Mukpie, a Point Barrow Eskimo girl, was the youngest person aboard, and one of the survivors of the SS Karluk, part of the Canadian-Arctic Expedition of 1913, which sank on January 10, 1914.
circa 1908-1915
1/11 110 circa 1908-1915
Eskimo children - postcard-size
Box/Folder item
1/11 111
 Four Eskimo boys playing in the water (Lomen 418)
Caption on photo: The Bathers.Extremely similar to Nowell's "Eskimo boys bathing in Grantley Harbor, Teller," Alaska. Appears to be same scene, same boys and boat.
circa 1908-1915
1/11 112
 Small Eskimo child in a wood crate on the snow
Caption on photo: Eskimo baby enjoying native football game.
circa 1908-1915
Eskimo daily life
Box/Folder item
1/12 113
 Kauwerak Eskimo men and women gathered around butchered walruses (Lomen 146)
Caption on photo: Eskimo dividing up walrus after hunt. Nome, Alaska.
circa 1908-1915
1/12 114
 Interior of tunnel of snow shelter with furs, snowshoes, dried fish and other provisions (Lomen 128)
Caption on photo: Approach to Eskimo "Eni" at Cape Prince of Wales, Alaska.Passageway to Kingikmiut winter house.
circa 1903-1908
1/12 115a
 Several Eskimo families paddling large umiak on the sea (Lomen 41 or 91)
Written on verso: The Oomiak of the Eskimo - the family boat of walrus-hide.Photograph identified as Dobbs by Carolyn Marr, librarian at Seattle's Museum of History and Industry, but not confirmed.
circa 1908-1915
1/12 115b
Postcard of several Eskimo families paddling large umiak on the sea
Postcard of photo 44a, with added caption: Eskimos from East Cape arriving at Nome, Alaska.Photograph identified as Dobbs by Carolyn Marr, librarian at Seattle's Museum of History and Industry, but not confirmed.An umiak is an open boat of skins stretched over a wooden frame.
circa 1908-1915
1/12 116
 Tareumiut Eskimos gathered on the beach watching a blanket toss at Barrow, Alaska
Blanket toss was a traditional trampoline-like game, usually using stitched-together seal or walrus skins instead of blankets.
circa 1908-1915
1/12 117
 Two Eskimo women cooking near boat shelters and tents on the beach at Nome (Lomen 95)
Written on verso: Native summer camp on the beach at Nome.
Eskimo daily life and activities - postcard-size
Box/Folder item
1/12 117a
 Postcard of sand spit Eskimo encampment, Nome
Caption on postcard: Eskimo Encampment on the "Sand Spit," Nome, Alaska.Also PH Coll 413.Album 12.30d in Ralph E. MacKay Alaska Photograph Album.
circa 1908-1915
1/12 118 circa 1908-1915
1/12 119 circa 1908-1915
1/12 120 circa 1908-1915
1/12 120a
 Postcard of young Eskimo man holding kayak on beach with Nome buildings in background
Caption on photo: Eskimo boy and his kiak [sic] - Nome, Alaska.
circa 1908-1915
1/12 121
 Postcard of crowd gathered around a walrus skin toss on the beach (Lomen 659A)
Walrus skin tossing was a traditional Eskimo trampoline-like game.
circa 1918
Eskimo dance and drumming
Box/Folder item
1/13 122
 Kayiagamute (Kauwerak) Wolf Dancers in costume against backdrop of furs (Lomen 179)
Caption on photo: The "Wolf Dance" of the Kayiagamutes - Eskimo of Alaska.
circa 1908-1915
1/13 123 circa 1908-1915
1/13 124 circa 1908-1915
1/13 125 circa 1908-1915
1/13 126 circa 1908-1915
Group portraits of Nome, Alaska residents
Box/Folder item
1/14 127 circa 1905
1/14 128
 Eagle basketball team of Nome standing on an ice hummock
Caption on photo: Champions of Alaska. Eagle basket ball team of Nome. Season 1909-1910 on a Bering Sea ice hummock.Hummocks are masses of ice rising to heights of 20 feet above the general level of the Arctic ice pack. These small hills of broken ice are caused by the pressure of ice floes jamming and crushing against each other.
1/14 129
 Nine fur-dressed children (one on sled) next to an ice hummock
Caption on photo: On Bering Sea opposite Nome Alaska, April 23rd, 1910.
April 23, 1910
1/14 130
 Attendees at formal Arctic Brotherhood Dance, with humorous rules posted on wall behind them
The Arctic Brotherhood was established in 1898. Its Nome Camp No. 9 was installed January 9, 1900, with 16 charter members. By 1905, membership had grown to 250 active members.Possibly includes Lomen brothers.
March 18, 1911
1/14 131 March 24, 1911
1/14 132 circa 1913-1920
1/14 133 1910-1915
1/14 134 circa 1918
1/14 135 June 22, 1918
1/14 136 circa 1918
1/14 137 circa 1918
1/14 138
 Thirty-six people around stack of gold bars in bank office (Lomen 1433)
Caption on photo: Gold output, month of Sept. 1919 - Miners and Merchants Bank, Nome, Alaska.Includes G.J. Lomen, third from left,, front row; Carl Lomen far right, front row; Alfred Lomen far right, seated; possibly Harry and Ralph Lomen also.
September 1919
1/14 139 circa 1915
Nome, Alaska residents - postcard-size
Box/Folder item
1/14 140 circa 1910
1/14 141 circa 1920
1/14 142 circa 1920
1/14 143 1908-1934
1/14 144 circa 1910-1915
1/14 145 July 4, 1915
Street scenes and buildings in Nome, Alaska
The City of Nome was incorporated in 1901, two years after the discovery of gold on the sandy shore of the Snake River. It was the largest city in Alaska until 1909. A fire in 1905 destroyed many of the buildings along Front Street, the main thoroughfare. Serious storms in 1902, 1913 and 1915 also caused major damage to the city.
Box/Folder item
1/15 146
 Interior of Eagle Hall, decorated with bunting for memorial service, Nome
Caption on photo: F.O.E. No. 75 memorial service decorations, Eagle Hall, Nome, Alaska, March 20th , 1910.
March 20, 1910
1/15 147
[not used]
1/15 148 circa 1920
1/15 149
 Crowd in Nome street attending July 4 public reading event (Lomen 1301)
Caption on photo: Literary exercises, Nome, Alaska, July 4th, 1914. Reading of the Declaration of Independence by Wm. C. McGuire.
July 4, 1914
1/15 150
 Horse pulling sleigh along snow piled high on street in Nome, with "Vote Union Labor Ticket" banner in the background
Caption on photo: A winter street scene, Nome, Alaska. Shows a storage company, a carpenter shop, M.D. Samuels business, Carstens Bros. & Dashley, Cosy Saloon, a cleaners, and possibly one side of Alaska Banking and Safe Deposit Co.
1/15 151 September 20, 1919
1/15 152
 Man and dogs on snow piled high in Front Street, Nome (Lomen 729)
Caption on photo: Front St., Nome, in midwinter.Shows The Newport Hotel or boarding house.
1/15 153 1908-1934
Nome, Alaska scenes - postcard-size
Box/Folder item
1/16 154 1904-1910
1/16 154a circa 1904-1925
1/16 155
 Postcard of beach with rowboat, ice floes, and large ships in background, Nome
Caption on photo: Roadstead, Nome, Alaska, June 21st, 1910.Written on verso to Vella Weaver: Last overland mail leaves today. Gave party last Friday night in N.B. and T. Co. building. 64 guests there. Wish you could have been with us. With Love, Harry. Mar 30, 1911.
June 21, 1910
1/16 156 circa 1911
1/16 157
 Postcard of snow blocking doorways of houses on Second Avenue at D. Street, Nome
Written on verso: Feb. 9 '11 - Do you recognize the corner of 2nd and D.? Have had lots of snow lately but today is the finest of the winter. Expect them all to be nice pretty soon tho. Going out today to get a few snapshots of snow - Will you come along. All OK - Ralph.
1/16 158 circa 1911
1/16 159
 Snow drifts blocking houses on East Front Street with ladder on house, Nome
Caption on photo: East Front Street. Nome, AAA.
circa 1911
1/16 159a circa 1911-1916
1/16 160 circa 1920
1/16 160a January 1916
1/16 161 circa 1911
1/16 162 circa 1911
1/16 163 1908-1934
1/16 163a 1908-1934
1/16 164
 Postcard of storm-damaged buildings
Caption on photo: After the big storm - Nome Alaska, 1913.
October 1913
1/16 164a
 Wreckage of buildings in Nome after storm
Modern copy photo. Caption on photo: After the Big Storm - [Illeg.] St., Nome, Alaska, 1913.Number on front 12275.
1/16 164b
Wreckage of buildings after storm
Residents' names handwritten on photo above each building. Handwritten at bottom of scene: River Street or where it used to be. All buildings are a half mile up Snake River. Handwritten on edge of photo: Seward Alaska.Caption on photo: First Ave Residences, Nome, Alaska, after the big storm , 1913.Nearly same scene as Item 574.
1/16 165
 Postcard of logs and wreckage strewn along beach with buildings in the background
Caption on photo: Wreakage [sic] along Snake River below the pumping plant - After the storm - Nome, Alaska, 1913.
October 1913
1/16 166 1905-1925
1/16 167 1908-1934
1/16 168
 Nome buildings viewed through large ice chunks from Bering Sea
Caption on photo: Bering Sea ice, Nome, AAA.
1/16 169 1920-1930
Nome, Alaska waterfront
Box/Folder item
1/17 170
 View from Bering sea across ice and snow to Nome buildings (Lomen 723)
Caption on photo: Nome from Behring [sic] Sea 1907.
1/17 171 July 15, 1910
1/17 172 September 6, 1910
1/17 173
 Ice surrounding pilings and toppled caisson
Caption on photo: Caisson at Nome, Alaska. Destroyed by ice pressure, winter 1915-1916.A caisson is a watertight retaining structure used to work on the foundations of a pier or the repair of ships.
1/17 174
 Ice breaking up along Snake River, with equipment, men and buildings along shore (Lomen 1138)
Caption on photo: The break-up of Snake River, Nome, Alaska. 1916.
1/17 175
 Man in rain gear watching others maneuver a rowboat in the surf, with ship in the distance (Lomen 774)
Caption on photo: The surf at Nome, Alaska.There exists an extremely similar photo in Beverly B. Dobbs Photographs, PH Coll 323.54. Same scene, a few moments earlier or later, different angle. Dobbs signature is scratched out and replaced with "Lomen Bros."
1/17 176 1919
1/17 177 Sept 20, 1919
Nome, Alaska waterfront - postcards
Box/Folder item
1/17 177a circa 1905-1920
1/16 177b
 Postcard of large wave cresting on Nome beach
Caption on postcard: The Big Storm, Nome, Alaska, 1913.
Nome, Alaska environs
Box/Folder item
1/18 178
 Tundra outside Nome in summer
Caption on photo: Nome tundra - typical of area embraced herein.
1/18 179
 Twenty-one people plus skis and dogsled team, on large hummock
Caption on photo: A Bering Sea ice hummock opposite Nome, Alaska. Hummocks are masses of ice rising to heights of 20 feet above the general level of the Arctic ice pack. These small hills of broken ice are caused by the pressure of ice floes jamming and crushing against each other.
circa 1910
1/18 180
 Positions of the sun throughout the day over snowy Nome tundra (Lomen 761)
Caption on photo: Positions of sun at hours of 10 and 11 A.M. 12 M. and 1 and 2 P.M. on Dec. 28th , 1910, from Nome, Alaska.
December 25, 1910
Nome, Alaska environs - postcards
Box/Folder item
1/18 180a
 Close-up of tundra on top of glacier edge, Peluk Creek, Nome (Lomen 647)
Caption on postcard: Glacier under the tundra mosses, Peluk Creek, Nome, Alaska.
circa 1900-1934
Council, Alaska
Council City is on the northern side of Niukluk River, approximately 70 miles northeast from Nome. In 1904, its population was about 600.
Box/Folder item
1/19 181
 Valley with Ophir Creek and mountains in the background
Caption on photo: Looking up Ophir Creek from opp. No. 6 above - Council City Recirca Dist., Alaska.
1/19 182
 Valley with Ophir Creek and Mount Chauik
Caption on photo: "Mt. Chauik" - from south side of Ophir Creek, (Council City) Alaska, opp. "No. 5 Above" - Elevation 3500 feet.
1/19 183
 Cabin in snowy valley with sun setting over mountains
Caption on photo: Mid-day sun - shortest day of the year - Council, Alaska.
1/19 184 1908-1920
1/19 185 1908-1934
Assorted Alaska locations
Box/Folder item
1/20 186
 Two men and cross on field of ice
Caption on photo: Cross on ice off McKinley Bay, Wrangell Island, left by relief ship "King and Winge" and found by relief party of SS Corwin.Written on verso: The rescue party of the "King and Winge" left a message for other relief parties on the cross, planted on the ice in the foreground telling of the rescue - .
1/20 187 circa 1908-1915
1/20 188 1908-1934
1/20 189
 Bird's-eye view of Blackchief Bluff near Bluff City (Lomen 811)
Written on verso: Samuel C. Hanscom and Elvira E. Thomas married in this church, 1856.
1/20 190 1908-1934
1/20 191
 Coast line with trees, building and covered boat near Ketchikan Alaska (Lomen 1097)
Photo is hand-colored.Caption on photo: A Bit of the Alaska Coast near Ketchikan.
1/20 192
 Steep coastline at King Island, Alaska with small cliff side Kauwerak village (Lomen 972?)
Caption on photo: King Island Village, Alaska.King Island is 2 miles across and located in the Bering Sea, 43 miles south of Cape Prince of Wales. Ukivok was the native name for the island. The island was named in 1778 by British explorer Capt. James Cook for James King, a member of his party. It's unclear how long the Inupiat Indians lived there. In the early 20th century, about 200 people dwelled in walrus-skin homes attached to the face of the cliffs. They hunted walrus, seal and seabirds and collected berries and plants. Every summer, they traveled by kayak and skin boat to the mainland 40 miles to the east and camped near Nome, where they sold ivory carvings.
circa 1903-1908
1/20 193
 Kauwerak cliff dwellings on King Island, Alaska (Lomen 905)
Caption on photo: The cliff dwellers of the north - Eskimo settlement, King Island, Bering Sea, Alaska.Included behind photo is an article submitted from Nome to the Post-Intelligencer describing King Island and its Eskimo inhabitants.
circa 1903-1908
1/20 194
 Close-up of Kauwerak cliff dwellings on King Island in the Bering Sea, Alaska (Lomen 906)
Caption on photo: Homes of the Eskimo cliff dwellers - King Island, Bering Sea, Alaska.
circa 1903-1908
1/20 195 1908-1934
1/20 196
[not used]
1/20 197 1908-1934
1/20 198
 Snow-covered valley with trees along iced-up river (Lomen 584E)
Caption on photo: An Alaskan Solitude.
1/20 199 1908-1934
1/20 200
 Sun setting over the Bering Sea (Lomen 810)
Caption on photo: The Midnight Sun.
1/20 201
 Boat on Bering Sea with the sun setting on the horizon
Caption on photo: The Midnight Sun.
1/20 202
 Two rowboats on the shore of the Bering Sea with sunset in background (Lomen 1117)
Caption on photo: The approach of winter in the Arctic.
1/20 203 circa 1915
Assorted Alaska locations - postcard-size
Box/Folder item
1/21 204
 Postcard of sea between two land masses
Dotted line drawn on photo with caption: Dividing line between Asia and Americirca
1/21 205-206 1908-1934
1/21 207
 Two rows of skulls lined up on the tundra
Caption on postcard: A Bunch of Sour Doughs.
1/21 208
Bering Sea surf
1/21 209 July 2, 1927
1/21 210 July 3, 1927
1/21 211 circa 1920
In 1899, gold was discovered along the sandy beaches along the Snake River and other rivers that fed into the Bering Sea. In spring of 1900, tens of thousands of people arrived from Seattle, Portland and San Francisco, transforming Nome into a tent city. The height of the gold rush was from 1900-1909, but mining continued for decades.
Box/Folder item
1/22 212
 Men working near sluice in Metson Bench pit (Lomen 1306)
Caption on photo: Operations of Pioneer Mining Co. on Metson Bench, Nome Mining District, Alaska.
1/22 213
 Operations at Metson Bench mining pit with hydraulic water cannon (Lomen 1015)
Caption on photo: Metson Bench, Cape Nome Mining District, Alaska. Operated by Pioneer Mining Co.
1/22 214a
 Large dump of mining residue or tailings, with men, gondola, and machinery, Nome, Alaska (Lomen 749)
Caption on photo: Record Dump on Seward Peninsula. Pioneer Mining Co. dump on winter fraction, Nome, Alaska, April 21st, 1910. 50,356-1/2 yd. buckets, height 98 feet.
April 21, 1910
1/22 214b
Large dump of mining residue or tailings, with men, gondola, and machinery, Nome, Alaska (Lomen 749)
Postcard of 214a.
April 21, 1910
1/22 215
 Hydraulic mining with water cannon at Glacier Creek
Caption on photo: The "Giants" at Work. Moicen Ditch Co.'s operations on Glacier Creek, Alaska, Aug. 7th, 1910.The hydraulic water cannons were also known as monitors and "giants."
August 7, 1910
1/22 216
 Hydraulic water cannon demonstrated at Glacier Creek mine
Caption on photo: The "Giants" at Play. Miocene Ditch Co.'s Operations on Glacier Creek, Alaska, Aug. 7th, 1910.The hydraulic water cannons were also known as monitors and "giants."
August 7, 1910
1/22 217 1920-1935
1/22 218 1920-1935
1/22 219 1920-1935
1/22 220 1903-1920
1/22 221
[not used]
1/22 222
 Two men with cart inside entrance of mine tunnel (Lomen 806)
Caption on photo: Southeast stope Yellowstone Mine Fleming Bros & Hanks & Anderson.A stope is a step-like excavation underground for the removal of ore.
Mining - postcard-size
Box/Folder item
1/23 223 1920-1935
1/23 224
 Bird's-eye view of dredge with mirror image
Caption on photo: U.SSR. and M. Co,'s Number 5 Dredge from the A[illeg].Written on verso: A freak print - a hard one to duplicate without water reflections.
1/23 225 1920-1935
1/23 226
 Postcard of men sluicing a dump of residue or tailings
Caption on photo: Sluicing a winter's dump, Nome District, Alaska.
1/23 226a 1903-1920
1/23 227 1903-1920
Box/Folder item
1/24 228a
 Display of trophy walrus heads on side of boat (Lomen 770)
Very similar to photograph in Arthur Churchill Warner Photographs Collection PH Coll 273. Same scene (boat with walruses) but shot from a different angle.
1/24 228b
 Display of trophy walrus heads on side of boat (Lomen 770)
Postcard of image Xa, without #770, and with some writing scratched out.Very similar to photograph in Arthur Churchill Warner Photographs Collection PH Coll 273. Same scene (boat with walruses) but shot from a different angle.
1/24 229
 Eskimo hunter aiming rifle at seal on ice floe (Lomen 1006)
Written on verso: 1006 - Seal hunter
circa 1908-1915
1/24 230 circa 1908-1915
1/24 231 circa 1908-1915
1/24 232 circa 1908-1915
1/24 233 circa 1908-1915
1/24 234
 Eskimo hunter dragging dead seal in the snow (Lomen 87)
Caption on photo: The Seal Hunter.
circa 1908-1915
1/24 235 circa 1908-1915
1/24 236 circa 1908-1915
1/24 237
 Eskimos launching umiak from ice floe, Bering Sea (Lomen 1049)
Caption on photo: Eskimos launching oomiak from ice floe, Bering sea. "Oomiak" is a variant for umiak, a large open skin-covered boat.
circa 1908-1915
Hunting - postcard-size
Box/Folder item
1/25 238
 Postcard of Eskimo hunter snowshoeing and dragging seal
Caption on photo: The seal hunter.
circa 1908-1915
1/25 239 circa 1908-1915
Dogsled teams
Box/Folder item
1/26 240
 Lomen family dog named Oolik in field (Lomen 913)
Oolik was the son of Silla, who was given to the Lomens by Raoul Amundsen.
1/26 241
 Man walking four sled dogs towing canoe along the riverbank of the Niukluk (Lomen 787)
Very similar to Dobbs photo " Dog Team Towing Boat up the Niukluk" ASL-P12-056 in the Alaska State Library Historical Collection. Same river, men, and dogs, but Dobbs photo is taken earlier in time and upriver.
1/26 242
 Glue Club dogsled derby starting line on crowd-lined street in Nome (Lomen 1206)
Caption on photo: Start of Mrs. H.H. Darrah entry. Glue Pot Club Race for Ladies, March 21st, 1914.
1/26 243 1908-1934
Solomon Dogsled Derby
Box/Folder item
1/26 244
 Solomon Dogsled Derby starting line on crowd-lined street in Nome (Lomen 218)
Caption on photo: Start of Fay Delzene entry in the Solomon Derby. Nome, Alaska, March 2nd, 1914.
1/26 245
 Postcard of Fred M. Ryer with Solomon Derby-winning dogsled team
Caption on postcard: Fred M. Ryer entry, Solomon Derby 1915. - 6.5 miles. Time 6 hrs, 23 mins.
Box/Folder item
1/26 246 1908-1934
1/26 247 1908-1934
1/26 248
 Dogsled team and crowd in front of garland-draped Montgomery Ward store in Albany New York
Caption on photo: Dr. Sproul and Earl Brydges with their team of Huskies that won the worlds championship advertising 1930 Santa Claus for Montgomery Ward & Co at Albany, N.Y.
circa 1930
All-Alaska Sweepstakes
The All Alaska Sweepstakes is the oldest organized dogsled race in the world. The races, which started and finished in Nome, were held from 1908-1917.
Box/Folder item
1/27 249
 Scotty Allan with winning dogsled team on the trail.
Caption on photo: Winner 2nd All Alaska Sweepstakes. Berger's entry No. 1, Scotty Allan, driver. April 1, 1909.
April 1, 1909
1/27 250
 Percy Blatch Ford with winning dogsled team on the trail
Caption on photo: Winner 2nd Place. Berger's entry No. 2, All Alaska Sweepstakes. Percy Blatch Ford, driver. April 1st 1909.Panorama photo.
April 1, 1909
1/27 251
 Starting line at All Alaska dogsled sweepstakes, Nome
Caption on photo: Start Jos. Crabtree entry, 3rd All Alaska Sweepstakes. John Hegness, driver. Nome. April 7th, 1910.
1/27 252
 Starting line at All Alaska dogsled sweepstakes with Fox Ramsay's team, Nome
Caption on photo: Start Fox Ramsay's entry, 3rd All Alaska Sweepstakes, Fox Ramsay, driver, Nome, Alaska, April 7th, 1910.
1/27 253
 Winner crossing the finish line at 3rd All Alaska dogsled sweepstakes
Caption on photo: Finish Co. Ramsay's entry, John Johnson, driver. Winner 3rd All Alaska Sweepstakes.
1/27 254
[not used]
1/27 255
 Fox Ramsay's dogsled team on the trail during sweepstakes (Lomen 849)
Caption on photo: Winner second place. Fox Ramsay's entry, 3rd All Alaska Sweepstakes, Fox Ramsay, driver.
1/27 256
 Teddy Zastaugh with dogsled team on the trail
Caption on photo: Capt. Crimmon's entry, 4th All Alaska Sweepstakes. Teddy Zastaugh, driver. April 8, 1911.Panorama.
1/27 257
 Dogsled team on crowd-lined street near the Hotel Sheldon and the Lomen Brothers photography studio in Nome
Caption on photo: [Illeg.] entry, [illeg.] Alaska Sweepstakes, Nome, Alaska, April 11th, 1916.
April 11, 1916
1/27 258
 Postcard of Fay Delzene with winning dogsled team on the trail near Nome
Caption on postcard: Winner First Place - Bowen and Dalzene entry, 6th All Alaska Sweepstakes, Nome, Alaska, 1913. Fay Delzene, Driver.
1/27 259
 Postcard of crowd surrounding Sweepstakes winner Leonhard Sappala and his sled
Caption on postcard: Leonhard Sappala, winner 8th All Alaska Sweepstakes, Nome, Alaska, [illeg.] 17, 1915.
circa 1916
1/27 260
 Leonard Seppala and his winning dogsled team (Lomen 630)
Caption on photo: Leonard Seppala and his Siberian racers. - Winners, 8th and 9th All Alaska Sweepstakes, Nome, Alaska, 1915 and 1916. - Ruby Derby, Ruby, Alaska, 1916.
circa 1916
Walruses, seals and bears
Box/Folder item
1/28 261 1908-1934
Walruses, seals and bears - postcards
Box/Folder item
1/28 262 1908-1934
1/28 263 1908-1934
1/28 264 1908-1934
1/28 265 1908-1934
1/28 266 1908-1934
1/28 267
 Postcard close-up of lone walrus lying on an ice floe
Caption on postcard: Walrus Bering Sea.Written on verso: Walrus on floating ice core.
Ship Gjoa
Box/Folder item
1/29 268
 Captain Roald Amundsen's ship Gjoa on sea off Nome
Carl J. Lomen (photographer)
The 45-ton fishing vessel Gjoa, captained by Roald Amundsen with a crew of six men, was the first vessel to transit the Northwest Passage. They left the Oslofjord in Norway on June 16, 1903, spent a total of 18 months ice-bound, and arrived in Nome on August 31, 1906 to a hero's welcome.Nitrate negative exists.
September 2, 1906
1/29 269 1906
1/29 270 September 1, 1906
1/29 271
 Visitors, including Lomen brothers, on deck and rigging of Captain Amundsen's ship Gjoa
Carl J. Lomen (photographer)
This image, PH Coll 782.11a in Walter B. Beals Album on Roald Amundsen, shows caption on mount: On board the "Gjoa." Ralph Lomen, lower of the two men in rigging at left. Harry Lomen, standing at left of mast. George Lomen, second of the three men at left. Nitrate negative exists
September 1, 1906
1/29 272
 Harry and George Lomen with Lomens' dog Silla and Roald Amundsen's dog Nebuchadnezzar ("Nick") on board Gjoa
Carl J. Lomen (photographer)
Caption on postcard: Silla & Nebuchadnezzar ("Nick") Capt Amundsen's dog's on board Gjoa.Nitrate negative exists.
September 1906
1/29 273
 Man and boy on rigging of the Gjoa
Scanned from nitrate negative.
September 1, 1906
1/29 273a
 Roald Amundsen with others in a horse drawn wagon leaving Nome for Jess Creek, Alaska.
Mrs. G.J. Lomen, front seat. Second seat, Roald Amundsen and Lieutenant Hansen, second in command of the Gjoa. Rear seat, Helen Lomen (Mrs. Clinton Austion), Mrs. R.T.Tying (wife of the consul of Norway) and Mr. Bolander of Chicago.Nitrate negative exists.Same as image 782.10a in Walter B. Beals Album on Roald Amundsen, PH Coll 782.
Steamer SS Victoria
Box/Folder item
2/30 274
 Midship view towards bow of steamer SS Victoria advancing into waves (Lomen 901)
Caption on photo: The "SS Victoria" bucking heavy seas in Bering - Photo taken 8 P.M.
circa 1907-1918
2/30 275 circa 1907-1918
2/30 275a
Arrival of steamer SS Victoria crowded with passengers
June 25, 1918
Steamer SS Victoria - postcard-size
Box/Folder item
2/30 276 circa 1907-1918
2/30 277 circa 1907-1918
2/30 278 circa 1907-1918
2/30 279 circa 1907-1918
2/30 280 circa 1907-1918
2/30 281 circa 1907-1918
2/30 282 circa 1907-1918
2/30 282a
Side of steamship SS Victoria and passengers viewed from above
USRC Bear and SS Corwin
Box/Folder item
2/31 283a
 USRC Bear
Scan of nitrate negative.
2/31 283b 1902-1914
2/31 283c
 US. Revenue Cutter Corwin in the ice
The Corwin was built at Portland in 1876, and served continuously in Northwest waters. She was sold in early 1900 to J.E. Ryus of Whatcom for $17,025 (p. 57). She was the first ship to break through the ice and reach Nome in 1903, 1904, 1906, 1909, and 1914 (p. 93, 99, 122, 164, 244). She was sold again in 1916 and burned in drydock in Salina Cruz (p. 265). Notes from Gordon Newell, ed., The H.W. McCurdy Marine History of the Pacific Northwest (Seattle: Superior Publishing Co, 1966).
2/31 283d 1914
USRC Bear and SS Corwin - postcards
Box/Folder item
2/31 283d 1902-1914
2/31 283e
 USRC Bear and SS Corwin caught in the ice at Nome
Same image as 283b, but hand-colored postcard.
2/31 283f 1910
2/31 283g
 S.S. Corwin arriving in Nome
Caption on photo: Arrival First Steamer, Seaon 1915.
May 24, 1915
Other ships and boats
Box/Folder item
2/32 284
 Passenger-filled steamer Senator leaving crowded dock in Seattle, Washington (Lomen 902)
Caption on photo: Outward bound for Nome, Alaska - leaving dock at Seattle, Wash.
circa 1910
2/32 285
 Ship (possibly the whaler Olga) wrecked on beach during storm, at Point Fremantle
Caption on photo: The Storm.The whaler Olga was wrecked September 8, 1908 at Point Fremantle near Nome, Alaska.
2/32 286 1908-1934
2/32 286a 1908-1934
Other ships and boats - postcard-size
Box/Folder item
2/32 287
 Boat on water with setting sun on horizon
Caption on postcard: The Midnight Sun.
2/32 288 circa 1910
Explorers and aviators
Box/Folder item
2/33 289
 Roald Amundsen and Eskimo man outside tent in small valley at Aion Island
Small snapshot. Written on verso: Magn. tent on Aion Isl. Winterquarters 1919-20. Roald Amundsen.During Amundsen's Arctic expedition, the schooner Maud became trapped in the ice at Aion Island near Siberia. Amundsen sent up a winter camp on the island. When the ice thawed in July 1920, Amundsen sailed to Nome.
2/33 290
[not used]
2/33 291
 Col. Umberto Nobile with dog Titina, mascot of the Norge
Written on verso: Col. Umberto Nobile w/ "Titina" Cdr NORGE, dirigible he built in Italy for first flight over North Pole arrived Teller, May 13, 1926. Passengers: Roald Amundsen, Lincoln Ellsworth, [illeg.] Larson, Oscar Omdhal.
circa 1926
2/33 291a
Judge Lomen and his son Ralph meeting Roald Amundsen at his landing on the Nome beach, following his Norge flight to Teller, Alaska.
circa 1926
2/33 292
 Carl Ben Eielson
In 1922, Eielson created and was the sole pilot for the first Alaskan airline, the Farthest North Airline Company. He flew the first plane by the Arctic route from the United States to Europe. He delivered airmail, flew historic Arctic expeditions throughout the 1920s. Eielson and aviator Earl Borland died in a plane crash in 1929. According to his Alfred Lomen's obituary, Alfred directed operations of the search for the plane crash.
circa 1925
Cramer and Gamble flight Nome to New York
In April of 1929, Parker Cramer set a new air record by his flight from Nome to New York in 48 hours, 28 minutes flying time, according to the May 2, 1929 Seattle Times. He flew a Cessna AW with a 110-horsepower Warner [Scarab] engine.
Box/Folder item
2/34 293
 Parker D. Cramer and W.S. Gamble next to their Cessna AW plane
Scanned from nitrate negative.Caption on postcard: Parker D. Cramer and W.S. Gamble - Nome to New York - Seven days.
April, 1929
2/34 294
 Mechanics working on plane, with six men gathered around
Scanned from nitrate negative.Caption on postcard: Cessna plane - Nome to New York - seven days.
April, 1929
2/34 295
 Mechanic on top of plane with men gathered around
Scanned from nitrate negative.
April, 1929
2/34 296
 Small crowd gathered around plane
Scanned from nitrate negative.
April, 1929
2/34 297 April, 1929
2/34 298 April, 1929
2/34 299
 Crowd of adults and children in front of plane
Scanned from nitrate negative.
April, 1929

Other Lomen photographsReturn to Top

These photographs include several informal snapshots as well as postcard-sized prints. They are not marked as Lomen Studio, and it is not clear how they may be related to the studio work. Many of these appear to be personal, including family members and business interests, rather than studio photography.

Container(s) Description Dates
Eskimo people
Box/Folder item
2/35 300
Eskimo couple looking at each other
circa 1908-1915
2/35 301 circa 1908-1915
2/35 302
Eskimo woman
circa 1908-1915
2/35 303 circa 1908-1915
2/35 304 circa 1908-1915
2/35 305 circa 1908-1915
2/35 306 1908-1915
2/35 307 circa 1908-1915
2/35 308 circa 1908-1915
2/35 309 circa 1908-1915
2/35 310 circa 1908-1915
2/35 311 circa 1908-1915
2/35 312 circa 1908-1915
2/35 313 circa 1908-1915
2/35 314 circa 1908-1915
2/35 315 circa 1908-1915
2/35 316 circa 1908-1915
2/35 317
 Houses with antlers on roofs in grassy area with boat and Eskimo people gathered outside
Written on verso: Nunivak Island Station, Nunivak [Development] Co.Nunivak Island is a permafrost-covered volcanic island, about 150 miles southwest of Nome. In 1920, Lomen and Company and the Bureau of Biological Survey (BBS) experimented with cross breeding reindeer and caribou on Nunivak Island.
circa 1908-1915
Eskimo mothers and children
Box/Folder item
2/36 318 circa 1908-1915
2/36 319 circa 1908-1915
2/36 320 circa 1908-1915
2/36 321 circa 1908-1915
2/36 322 circa 1908-1915
2/36 323 circa 1908-1912
2/36 324 circa 1908-1915
2/36 325 circa 1908-1915
Eskimo boating
Box/Folder item
2/37 326-327 circa 1908-1915
2/37 328 circa 1908-1915
2/37 329 circa 1908-1915
2/37 330
Beach with cabins and group of people maneuvering boat toward the water
2/37 331
Eskimo family group on boat at water's edge
2/37 332 1908-1934
2/37 333 circa 1908-1915
2/37 334
Group of men in parkas on boat or on beach
Written on verso: Paul Ivanoff - central [figure?] - on Nunivak
2/37 335
Group of men including Numiwajamiut Eskimos on beach next to moored barge and boat on Nunivak Island
Written on verso: S/S Nunivak and barge at Nunivak Island.Nunivak Island is a permafrost-covered volcanic island, about 150 miles southwest of Nome.
circa 1908-1915
2/37 336
Group of men launching two open single-masted boats with paddles and larger boat in background, possibly on Nunivak Island
2/37 337 circa 1908-1915
2/37 338 circa 1908-1915
Nome residents and others - includes some Lomens
These are probably family photos. Many of them appear to be taken out of albums.
Box/Folder item
2/38 339
Group of students on porch of building (possibly schoolhouse)
circa 1900-1910
2/38 340
Four men on rooftop and tunnel through snow to house
circa 1900-1930
2/38 341
Two young women in snow outside cabin
circa 1900-1920
2/38 342
Woman and man walking in snow near cabins
circa 1900-1920
2/38 343
Young woman in fur parka next to tent
circa 1900-1920
2/38 344
Man in three-piece suit and bowler hat near row of cabins
circa 1900-1920
2/38 345
Woman and young girl on boardwalk in front of building with man looking out of window
circa 1900-1920
2/38 346
Woman with toddler on backyard path
circa 1900-1920
2/38 347
Young child in overalls with lawnmower next to house
Probably not Nome.Written on verso: Our lawn mower.
circa 1900-1930
2/38 348
[not used]
2/38 349
Young woman in plaid dress and hair bow surrounded by two young men
circa 1900-1920
2/38 350
Man (possibly Lomen) in spotted fur parka standing in the snow
circa 1900-1930
2/38 351
Four women (possibly including Mrs. G.J. Lomen and Helen Lomen) sitting on lawn with toddler
Written on verso: 4-1/2 Beauts.
circa 1900-1920
2/38 352
Horse-drawn sleigh with passengers with fur coats, hats and blanket near houses
circa 1900-1920
2/39 353
Businessman seated in front of desk in office
circa 1900-1920
2/39 354 circa 1900-1920
2/39 355 1906
2/40 356 circa 1900-1920
2/40 357 circa 1900-1920
2/40 358
Person in front of Anvil Rock holding two bunches of flowers
Written on verso: Anvil Mountain W.A. (BILL) Euler with two bunches of forget-me-not blooms 1906 Nome Alaska The Land of the Midnight Sun.
2/40 359
Young woman (possibly Mrs. G. J. Lomen) wearing tasseled hat and fur hand-warmer in snow, Nome
circa 1900-1920
2/40 360
Young woman in knit cap and fur collar carrying fur and papers in snow on Nome street
circa 1900-1920
2/40 361
Woman wearing spotted fur parka, mitts and mukluks among trees in snow
circa 1900-1930
2/40 362
Person wearing spotted fur parka, mitts, pants and mukluks among trees in snow
circa 1900-1930
2/40 363
Young man and woman on horses in front of house
circa 1900-1920
2/40 364-365
Young man in fur parka with hood standing with small dog in snow outside of building
circa 1900-1930
2/40 366
Man in cloth parka and lace-up boots in snow with two dogs and skis
circa 1900-1930
2/40 367
Man in cloth parka and lace-up boots on skis next to a packed sled
circa 1900-1930
2/40 368
Man on skis next to dogsled
circa 1900-1930
2/40 369
Group portrait of thirty-three men wearing suits in front of building
Postcard.Includes Alfred Lomen, second from right, top row.
circa 1900-1930
2/40 370 May 20, 1908
2/40 371 circa 1900-1930
2/40 372
Group of young men and women, possibly including Ralph Lomen, seated on stack of lumber
circa 1900-1920
2/40 373 circa 1900-1920
2/40 374
Two women with old mining equipment
circa 1900-1920
2/40 375
Three soldiers (including Ralph Lomen) with woman in large hat
Photograph is torn.
circa 1900-1920
2/40 376
Two men in work clothes at doorway of log cabin
circa 1900-1920
2/40 377
Four young men eating at makeshift table in tent
Possibly brothers Ralph and Alfred Lomen, who in 1918 were soldiers at Fort Davis near Nome.
circa 1918
2/40 378 circa 1900-1930
2/40 379
Man on horseback and soldier (possibly a Lomen) standing next to tree in forest
circa 1900-1920
2/40 380 circa 1900-1920
2/40 381
Two women (one possibly Ralph's daughter Rose Mary?) with fur collars next to ladder
circa 1920-1930
2/40 382
[Not used.]
Snow activities and Nome Ski Club
Nome's first ski club was organized in 1901. The ski area was the slope of Anvil Mountain, and had a natural ski jump on the course of Dry Creek.
Box/Folder item
2/41 383 circa 1901-1920
2/41 384-385 circa 1901-1920
2/41 386 circa 1901-1920
2/41 387 circa 1901-1920
2/41 388-389
Family with dog on hummock
circa 1901-1920
2/41 390 circa 1901-1920
2/41 391
Person (Lomen brother?) in hat, fur mitts and mukluks traveling by ski
circa 1901-1930
2/41 392
Man (Lomen brother?) on skis
circa 1901-1930
2/41 393-396 circa 1901-1920
2/41 397
Large group of people on hummock
circa 1900-1920
2/41 398
Five people on hummock
circa 1900-1920
2/41 399 circa 1900-1920
Nome Alaska street and waterfront scenes
Box/Folder item
2/42 400 circa 1900-1910
2/42 401
Looking down Steadman Avenue past blacksmith shop, office with "Cody" on sign and courthouse to St. Joseph's church on Third Street
circa 1900-1910
2/42 402 circa 1900-1910
2/42 403
Three youths standing on large snow drift with tunnel to cabin door
circa 1900-1910
2/42 404
Man standing on snow piled deep around house
circa 1900-1910
2/42 405 circa 1900-1910
2/42 406 circa 1900-1910
2/42 407
Exterior of house with dog in yard
Written on verso: Ralph.
circa 1900-1910
2/42 408
Two houses next to each other, with a woman sitting on a porch
circa 1900-1910
2/42 409
Two small houses
circa 1900-1910
2/42 410 circa 1905
2/42 411 1904-1906
2/42 412
Snow-covered downtown street with a few men and The Schneider hotel, a barbershop, Gus Brown Clothier, Nome Bank and Trust Company buildings
circa 1905-1910
2/42 413 circa 1905
2/42 414
 Crowd of Eskimo adults and children watching man costumed as Santa Claus with reindeer and sleigh on Front Street
Written on verso: The 24th of Dec. 1923 was a very windy snowy dark day but Lomen Bros. and Holt hardware Stores had a very unique idea which they carried into effect. Santa Claus with real reindeer and red sleigh delivered packages all thru the town, every child got a present and saw Santa at Holt's Store. I am sorry the picture couldn't be clearer.
December 24, 1923
2/42 415
Crowd of spectators along railroad tracks in Nome
circa 1910
2/42 416 circa 1913
2/42 417 circa 1910
2/42 418 circa 1910
2/42 419 circa 1900-1920
2/42 420
Group of men and women gathered in the snow around horse sleighs with J.F. Giese Warehouse No. 2, Holy Cross Hospital, and St. Joseph's Catholic Church in the background
circa 1910
2/42 421
People along waterfront observing partially submerged boat with Nome buildings in background
circa 1925-1930
Nome Alaska street and waterfront scenes
Box/Folder item
2/43 422
Unloading cargo from partially submerged boat at waterfront
circa 1925-1930
2/43 423 circa 1900-1930
2/43 424
Bering Sea breakwater at Nome
circa 1900-1930
2/43 425
Men standing on broken-up ice along waterfront with boats and Nome buildings in background
circa 1900-1930
2/43 426
Tall wall of snow next to industrial buildings
circa 1900-1930
2/43 427
Lightering equipment in sea off Nome
Lighterage (also called lightering) is transferring cargo between vessels. Nome's port was too shallow for large ships, so lighterage was used to get passengers and cargo to shore.
circa 1900-1930
2/43 428-429
Waterfront with large building materials, equipment and cranes
circa 1900-1930
2/43 430
Men launching skiff onto Bering sea with larger boat in background
circa 1900-1930
Assorted locales - mostly postcard-size
Box/Folder item
2/44 431
Exterior of newly built building in field, with antlers on roof and log outbuildings in background
circa 1900-1930
2/44 432-433 circa 1900-1920
2/44 434
Helen Lomen and two men walking in valley farmland, with mountains in background
Written on verso: Might be Minnesota. Written on verso in different handwriting: Helen en route in [illeg.] at the Arctic.
circa 1900-1930
2/44 435
Large farmhouse in landscaped field
Not in Nome area.
circa 1900-1930
2/44 436 circa 1900-1930
2/44 437
Aerial view of mountains
circa 1900-1930
2/44 438
Wood building in large field
Written on verso: Root cabin.
circa 1900-1930
2/44 439 circa 1902-1930
2/44 440
[not used]
2/44 441
Man cutting and stacking logs in field
circa 1900-1930
2/44 442
Looking across inlet at town and snowy mountains
circa 1900-1930
2/44 443
Large ships in inlet with buildings and snowy mountains
circa 1900-1930
2/44 444
Bering Sea viewed from shore with two ships in the distance
circa 1900-1930
2/44 445
Cabin among brush and trees next to river or ditch
Nitrate negative available.
circa 1940 or circa 1908-1930
2/44 446
Tractor tilling land along river
circa 1940
2/44 447
  Man standing among rocks on coast
Scanned from nitrate negative.
circa 1908-1930
2/44 448
 Field with tents, men, supplies, and penned dogs
Scanned from nitrate negative.
circa 1908-1930
2/44 449 circa 1908-1930
2/44 450 circa 1908-1930
2/44 451 circa 1908-1930
2/44 452 circa 1908-1930
2/44 453 circa 1908-1930
2/44 454
 Two cabins and one outbuilding in a large field
Scanned from nitrate negative.
circa 1908-1930
2/44 455
 Bird's-eye-view of settlement next to river with several buildings, train tracks, power lines and water tower
Scanned form nitrate negative.This area is not Nome or Seward Peninsula.
circa 1908-1930
2/44 456
[not used]
2/44 457 circa 1908-1930
2/44 458
 View across river to large field with some trees.
Scanned form nitrate negative.
circa 1908-1930
2/44 459 circa 1908-1930
2/44 460
 Two men with wheels in front of tractor
Scanned from nitrate negative.
circa 1908-1930
2/44 461 circa 1908-1930
Box/Folder item
2/45 462 circa 1910-1930
2/45 463 circa 1900-1930
2/45 464
Three miners panning for gold in field
circa 1900-1930
2/45 465
Men and pack horses on grassy plain
circa 1900-1930
2/45 466-467
Men and pack horses on grassy plain near tent and stacked bags
circa 1900-1930
2/45 468
Men and pack horses on grassy plain near shacks and tents
circa 1900-1930
2/45 469
Men and pack horses on grassy plain near shacks, tents ,and large pipes
circa 1900-1930
2/45 470-473
Men with pack horses passing tent in field
circa 1900-1930
2/45 474
Large dump of mining residue or tailings with structure on top holding cables and three men in front
circa 1900-1920
2/45 475 circa 1900-1920
2/45 476
Man operating hydraulic water cannon with women and man observing
circa 1910-1920
2/45 477
Sluice and hydraulic mining
circa 1910-1920
2/45 478 circa 1900-1920
2/45 479
Mining shipping facility with bags, barrels and other containers, car on railroad tracks
circa 1900-1930
2/45 480 circa 1920-1935
2/45 481
 Tractors pulling sleds of supplies and shed across ice
Written on verso: Wannigan on the trail Jan/40.
January 1940
2/45 482
 Eskimo mine worker operating equipment
Scanned from nitrate negative.
circa 1900-1930
American Creek mining operation
This is probably a gold mining operation on lower American Creek, about 23 miles from Nome. It is known that a dredge operated there in 1940, possibly operated by the American Creek Dredging Company.
Box/Folder item
2/46 483
Large building (possibly mining dredge) under construction, lumber and men near a building in an excavated pit
Written on verso: [probably] American Creek Gold Development Co.
circa 1940
2/46 483a
Site with wood building, machinery, cables, equipment, lumber
Written on verso: [illeg.].
circa 1900-1930
2/46 484
Mining dredge under construction next to small mining camp in field
Written on verso: [probably] American Creek Gold Development Co.
circa 1940
2/46 485
Bird's-eye view of dredge under construction next to a creek near mining camp in field
Written on verso: [probably] American Creek Gold Development Co.
circa 1940
2/46 486
Mining dredge next to creek with tractor in foreground
Written on verso: [probably] American Creek Gold Development Co.
circa 1940
2/46 487
Mining dredge in river
Written on verso: [probably] American Creek Gold Development Co.
circa 1940
Sled dogs
Box/Folder item
2/47 488
Woman with dog named Takeu and puppy on porch in Nome
October 1910
2/47 489
Two men with dogsled team
2/47 490
Two sled dogs indoors on rug
2/47 491
Dog in snowy street
2/47 492
Dog named "Oolik II" lying down(see note above)
2/47 493
Dogsled team on the trail with another dog team following
2/47 494
Dogsled team on the trail near trees
2/47 495
Al Carey and another man with dogsled team in the snow
Written on verso: With Al Carey on the sea. Harry took this Apr 12.
2/47 496
Three men and sled dogs near sod shelter in the snow
2/47 497
Husky puppy standing on large snowdrift next to house
Ships and boats
Box/Folder item
2/48 498
Model ship on table near window
2/48 499
Clipper ship Guy C. Goss with its sails unfurled
2/48 500
Large three-masted ship Bear in harbor
2/48 501
Close-up of ship's mast
2/48 502
not used
2/48 503
Two large ships docked side by side at pier in harbor
2/48 504
Large fishing vessel docked near warehouse
2/48 505
U.S. Army tugboat L.T.157 at pier in harbor
Written on verso: Adak Tug.
2/48 506
Silver Wave with attached cable, viewed from front
The Silver Wave was purchased by the Lomens for service along the coast between the Lomen Company's several stations.
2/48 507
Silver Wave at beach with cable attached to mast
2/48 508 1908-1920
2/48 509
Fishing vessel docked at Nome waterfront
2/48 510
Man in work clothes sitting on deck of boat at sea
2/48 511
Boat in inlet with crew members on board
2/48 512
Fishing boat heading out to sea
2/48 513
Two-masted boat docked at ice floe
2/48 514
Two-masted boat near shore loaded with people and gear
2/48 515-516
Transfer of people and goods between boats as sea
2/48 517
People and goods on skiff entering inlet
2/48 518
Men using crane to lift boat Marjo
Box/Folder item
2/49 519
 One woman, five men and three dogs in front of a Stinson SB-1 Detroiter biplane on grassy field.
The Stinson SB-1 Detroiters were first flown in 1926. They were used by Noel Wien in Alaska, but this plane does not show the distinctive Wien paint scheme. This was likely an Alaskan Airways plane, NC877 (the only Detroiter not owned by Wien), which was disassembled in Sept 1932.
2/49 520-521
Aerial views of mountains and river or inlet
It is possible that this photo and the seven following photos in this group are related to Alfred Lomen's involvement in the search for Wiley Post and Will Rogers after their fatal air crash. The 1935 tragedy made front page headlines around the world. According to Alfred Lomen's obituary, he was one of the first white men to reach the scene of the crash.
2/49 522
Aerial view of mountains, showing part of plane wing and motor
2/49 523 1935-1936
2/49 524
 Bethel Airways plane, a Travel Air 6000, NC8122, on grassy field with four people and cars nearby
Bethel Aviation was formed in 1935. Both the Bellanca and Travel Air planes pictured crashed in 1936, which brought an end to Bethel Airways.
2/49 525-526 1935-1936
2/49 527 1935-1936
2/49 528
Three airplanes (from left to right, Bethel Airways Travel Air 6000, Ford 4-AT Tri-motor, and Wien Airways Bellanca Pacemaker CH-300) in grassy field with onlookers
2/49 529
Several men and women in summer clothing next to Bellanca Pacemaker CH-300 airplane and woman aviator from Wien Airways of AK.
Scanned from nitrate negative.
2/49 530
Five people next to large propeller plane, Ford 4-AT Tri-motor
Scanned from nitrate negative.

Other photographersReturn to Top

The Lomen brothers bought their Nome photo studio in 1908. They later bought Dobbs' studio and negatives, as well as negatives from other photographers, including Nowell, Goetze and Kinne. It was accepted practice in the early 20th century for professional photographers to buy each other's negatives and issue them under their own studio name and sometimes copyright. Photos in this section have been identified as originating with photographers other than the Lomen Bros.

Container(s) Description Dates
Beverly Bennett Dobbs
Beverly Bennett Dobbs moved to Nome in 1900 to search for gold and continued work as a photographer. By 1903, he had formed a partnership with the photographer A.B. Kinne from San Francisco. The Dobbs & Kinne studio in Nome offered photography services and photo supplies. Dobbs photographed scenes in Nome and the Seward Peninsula and made portraits of Native Alaskans. He was awarded a gold medal at the Louisiana Purchase Exposition (St. Louis World’s Fair) in 1904 for his Native Alaskan photographs. By about 1909, Dobbs had started Dobbs Alaska Moving Picture Co, and by 1911, it is probable that Dobbs was focusing only on his moving picture business. In 1911 or 1912, he sold his photography supply store, studio, and photography negatives to the Lomen Brothers, who later issued some of his work under their name.
Box/Folder item
2/50 531 1903
2/50 532 1904
2/50 533
 Studio portrait of Eskimo man named Tau-kuk or Tau-tuk in fur parka
Dobbs, B.B (photographer)
Tautuk was the chief herder of the Nome Government reindeer herd.Probably Dobbs photo, based on photographic style.
circa 1903-1908
2/50 534 1903
2/50 535a 1905
2/50 535b 1905
2/50 536
 Studio profile of Eskimo man in skin parka with fur hood holding ivory hammer (Lomen 28)
Dobbs, B.B (photographer)
Probably Dobbs, based on signed Dobbs photo (MOHAI Alaska-Eskimo Subject File, item #522) of same person at same sitting.
circa 1900-1907
2/50 537
 Eskimo man seated cross-legged on a floor, wearing labret and holding drill with boy seated on a bunk in the background (Lomen 209)
Probably Dobbs photo, due to composition and photographic style.A labret is a body piercing, usually below the bottom lip, above the chin. It was a symbol of status among coastal peoples.
circa 1903-1906
2/50 538
 Eskimo woman with chin tattoo in fur parka
B.B. Dobbs (photographer)
Dobbs 186 in PH Coll 919.22.
2/50 539 1903
2/50 540
 Eskimo woman Nowadluk (Nora) Ootenna in printed cloth parka (Lomen 44)
B.B. Dobbs (photographer)
Nowadluk was an Inupiat woman, born 1885, and subject of several photographs by various photographers in the area.
2/50 541 circa 1903-1908
2/50 542
 Eskimo mother named Wegaruk, carrying sleeping baby on her back (Lomen 17)
B.B. Dobbs (photographer)
Dobbs 346 in PH Coll 323.94 and PH Coll 788.2.
2/50 543
 Eskimo mother nursing child outdoors
B.B. Dobbs (photographer)
Caption on photo: Mik-a-nina - Kow-kow.Same caption as, and often confused with, Nowell photo of different outdoor nursing mother.
circa 1905
2/50 544
 Studio portrait of mother with baby on her back
Dobbs, B.B (photographer)
Caption on photo: Eskimo mother and babe.Probable Dobbs, based on photographic style.
circa 1903-1908
2/50 545 circa 1905-1910
2/50 546a
 Two smiling little Kauwerak Eskimo girls in print cotton parkas (Lomen 71)
B.B. Dobbs (photographer)
Caption on photo: Eskimo children, Nome.Written on verso: Miniatures of their Eskimo mothers.Writing (Dobbs signature) scratched out in the lower right corner, in addition to the Lomen name and photograph number in the lower left corner. Image with Dobbs' signature in McKay photo album.
circa 1903-1910
2/50 546b
 Two smiling little Kauwerak Eskimo girls in print cotton parkas (Lomen 71)
B.B. Dobbs (photographer)
Postcard of 123a, but uncropped and with different caption: Eskimo children, Nome.Printed on verso: B.B. Dobbs, Photographic Supply Stores, Nome, Alaska. Printed in Great Britain.
circa 1903-1910
2/50 547
 Smiling Eskimo child in fur parka
B.B. Dobbs (photographer)
circa 1903-1906
2/50 548 circa 1903-1906
2/50 549
 Tomcod hanging on Nome beach drying racks with overturned boats and tents in the background. (Lomen 142)
B.B. Dobbs (photographer)
Dobbs 453, in PH Coll 919.27.Tomcod is a small fish in the cod family.
2/50 550
 Kauwerak Eskimo family sitting on sand in front of drying racks filled with fish
B.B. Dobbs (photographer)
Written on verso: Eskimo fish racks. And in different handwriting: Eskimo friends of mine [illeg.].
circa 1903
2/50 551
 Clothes hanging from an upturned umiak boat (Lomen 186)
B.B. Dobbs (photographer)
Copyrighted 1907 by both Lomen and Dobbs (802).Lomen's caption on photo: Summer Encampment, Alaska Eskimos.In Dobbs Collection as PH788.21 .
2/50 552
 Eskimo berry pickers, Nome, Alaska (Lomen 6)
B.B. Dobbs (photographer)
Dobbs 63, in Dobbs collections PH Coll 323.74 and PH Coll 788.8.
circa 1902
2/50 553
 Crowded barge docking at Nome waterfront (Lomen 884)
B.B. Dobbs (photographer)
Caption on photo: Landing at Nome, Alaska.The coastal waters were too shallow for large ships, so smaller skiffs and barges were used to lighter freight and passengers form the ships to shore.Dobbs 844, in Dobbs collection, PH Coll 788.45.
June 9, 1906
2/50 554
 View across snow and ice chunks to Nome buildings (Lomen 773)
B.B. Dobbs (photographer)
Caption on photo: Nome from Bering Sea.In Dobbs collection, PH Coll 788.33.
circa 1907
2/50 555
 Field of cotton-like wildflowers
B.B. Dobbs (photographer)
Caption on photo: Alaska Cotton.Dobbs 185, in Dobbs collection PH Coll 788.66.
circa 1907
2/50 556
 Alaska's largest gold nugget (Lomen 767)
B.B. Dobbs (photographer)
Caption on photo: Actual size of Alaska's largest nugget. Found by Pioneer Mining Co. on No. 5 bench off Discovery Anvil. Wt 182 oz. Value $3276.00 Nome Sep [sic] 8, 03.
2/50 557
 Milton Weil with howling dogsled team, outside Nome (Lomen 739)
B.B. Dobbs (photographer)
Caption on photo: A malamute chorus.In Dobbs collection PH Coll 788.27.
circa 1906
2/50 558
 Group of walruses on an ice floe near Nome, Alaska (Lomen 769)
B.B. Dobbs (photographer)
This is a cropped version of PH Coll 323.41b in the Beverly B. Dobbs Photograph Collection 323.A differently cropped version in also in UW's Freshwater and Marine Image Bank.Dobbs uncropped photo is also in the Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center with the following description: Title from verso. "View of walrus on ice taken from steamship trapped in ice, Arctic Ocean. Taken from steamer Portland while caught in ice, July 1907. Property of Cook Inlet Historical Society." Photographer's number 5. July 1907. Original photograph size: 5" x 7". Identical photo UAA-hmc-1059-23 cites date taken as May 1902.
2/50 559
 Three rows of stuffed Ptarmigan of northwest Alaska (Lomen 713)
B.B. Dobbs (photographer)
Dobbs 150 in Dobbs collection PH Coll 788.77.
circa 1903-1907
2/50 560
 Arrangement of pressed wildflowers
B.B. Dobbs (photographer)
Caption on photo: Northwestern Alaska wildflowers.In Dobbs collection PH Coll 788.67.
circa 1903-1907
Susan R. Bernardi
Susan R. Bernardi went to Kingegan, Cape Prince of Wales, Alaska, in October 1901 to teach at the U.S. Government School. Her photograph album documents many aspects of Eskimo life, and includes handwritten informative notes. It is unclear when she stopped teaching at Kingegan. She later held teaching positions in Alabama and other southern states.
Box/Folder item
2/51 561
 Studio portrait of Eskimo woman named Nora Oo-teen'a with long unbraided hair
Susan R. Bernardi (photographer)
Item 49.2 in UW Collection VM 49, Photographs from Kingegan, Cape Prince of Wales, Alaska by Susan R. Bernardi.
2/51 562 circa 1903-1910
2/51 563
 Two young Eskimo women, one with baby, in fur parkas and cloth skirts
Susan R. Bernardi (photographer)
Item 49.70 in UW Collection VM 49, Photographs from Kingegan, Cape Prince of Wales, Alaska by Susan R. Bernardi.
circa 1905
2/51 564
 Young Eskimo woman Norwaduck with longs braids in fur parka, with baby in fur hood on her back
Susan R. Bernardi (photographer)
Item 49.68 in UW Collection VM 49, Photographs from Kingegan, Cape Prince of Wales, Alaska by Susan R. Bernardi.
circa 1908-1915
2/51 565
 Eskimo woman named Immiung'nuk with baby on her back, cotton dress and thick gloves fishing for tomcod through ice
Susan R. Bernardi (photographer)
Item 49.62 in UW Collection VM 49, Photographs from Kingegan, Cape Prince of Wales, Alaska by Susan R. Bernardi.
circa 1908-1915
Arthur L. Bell and Co.
Arthur L. Bell was a photographer in Nome 1909-1910.
Box/Folder item
2/52 566
 Hunter with rifle and dogsled on Bering Sea
Arthur L. Bell and Co (photographer)
Caption on photo: Hunting on Bering Sea. Five miles from Nome.Marked "Bell & Co. Photo".
Albert Barnes Kinne
Around 1900, Albert Barnes Kinne relocated from San Francisco to Nome, Alaska, where he set up a new studio and worked with the Wild Goose Mining and Trading Company. By 1903, he had formed a partnership with well-known Nome photographer Beverly B. Dobbs. Their studio, Dobbs & Kinne, was dissolved when Kinne moved eighty miles east to the gold mining camp of Council (a.k.a. Council City), and started a new photography business around 1905. In 1911, Beverly Dobbs sold the Nome studio and its glass negatives, including some made by Kinne, to photography entrepreneurs the Lomen Brothers, who created prints of the images under their own imprint.
Box/Folder item
2/53 567
 Niukluk River and Council City viewed from Melsing Creek
Albert Barnes Kinne (photographer)
A.B. Kinne 842, in Kinne collection PH Coll 314.4.
Other/unknown photographers
Box/Folder item
2/54 568
 Family with dogsled team taking a break
Hardy (photographer)
"Skook" written on photo beneath lead dog.Written on verso: Mr. Lomen, Some of these Dogs came from the Hudson's Bay. I have raised this strain of dogs for twenty two years. Part of this team went to the South Pole. Yours sincerely, [illeg.] Hardy.
2/54 569
 Old Eskimo man with cloth parka and fur hat standing beneath fish netting outside a log cabin (Lomen 144)
Unknown (photographer)
Caption on photo: An old man of the Yukon.The Lomen Brothers did not photograph in the Yukon.
2/54 570 1903-1920
2/54 571
 Dogsled team and three people in front of cabin in town
Not marked, but looks similar to Nowell work.
2/54 572
 Captain Oscar Wisting
Written on verso: Capt. Oscar Wisting with Amundsen at South Pole and on dirigible Norge, crossing North Pole arrived in Teller Alaska May 13, 1926.
circa 1926
2/54 573
 Mount McKinley
Possibly a different photographer. Copyright symbol and caption on photo do not resemble Lomen Studio handwriting.

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  • Reindeer industry--Alaska
  • Reindeer--Photographs
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