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Time travel- take a trip around the world with these amazing old photos found in a Perthshire house

The idea of taking a gap year to see some of the world is nothing new, as a Perthshire discovery has revealed. An album of 114 albumen prints charts one local man's journey during 1886/87, taking in Tasmania, New Zealand, Honolulu, America and Canada. The album, which will be sold on September 5th in Perth, was spotted by auctioneer Nick Burns during a local house call. "The detail is extremely good, there are old advertising signs, sailing clippers in dock and people going about their daily business, the condition is great, the pictures have been enclosed in the album and forgotten about". Highlights include a scene in New Zealand after a volcano had erupted, the Golden Gate at San Francisco before the bridge was built, Wall Street in New York and the people of a Maori village. There is also a remarkable photo of a horse and cart passing through the 2000 year old Wawona Tree in Yosemite National Park. The United States as the "wild west" being tamed is also recorded with pictures from California, Colorado and Utah. The pictures were taken by local photographers and would have been acquired at some expense by the man who made the trip. Who he was is unknown but within the album are several groups of men which are understood to include the owner. The album was a family item, recovered locally, so he is thought to have been from a Perthshire. Bids are expected to come in from around the world for the photographic album which has a pre-sale estimate of £1,000 to £2,000. It is being sold on September 5th, the first of a two day sale at Lindsay Burns & Company, King Street, Perth.

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