Monday, May 13, 2013

The Surf Riders of Hawaii

A rare surfing book about surfing in the early 1900s is expected to do well at auction.

From a story in the Denver Post...

The book is one of eight made by hand by A.R. Gurrey Jr. between 1911 and 1915. Gurrey is considered the father of surf photography. The book helped spread surfing's appeal from Hawaii to the mainland. 

It is composed of six leaves of heavy brown woven paper, with eight mounted gelatin-silver photographs of native Hawaiians surfing Waikiki. Among them is Duke Kahanamoku, the Olympic medalist swimmer who helped popularize the sport. 

There are three pages of text featuring eight black-and-white silver prints and the poem "Childe Harold" by Lord Byron.

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