MC:F37/MS1 Personal Accounts of Travel
Two journals and a scrapbook containing Thompson’s personal accounts of and collected ephemera from his travels around the world to countries including Canada, China, Japan, Russia and the Sudan. Particular details regarding the content of each item are listed below.
A bound journal with “ROUND THE WORLD 1908” written in gold lettering on the spine. The journal begins, after numerous blank pages, with sketches of landscapes and people Thompson saw. The remainder of the journal contains daily accounts of places and experiences. Thompson’s accounts include discussions of his travel in Canada, Japan, Corea [Korea], China, and Russia and across the Pacific. Thompson considers aspects of the culture of countries he visits and includes more sketches of people and occasional diagrams of buildings and places throughout the text.
MC:F37/MS1/2 n.d. [1907–1908]
A bound scrapbook with “News Cuttings” written in italic gold lettering across the front. The scrapbook accompanies the above journal and contains assorted ephemera from Thompson’s “ROUND THE WORLD” journey. The scrapbook contains correspondence from “Thos. Cook & Son” regarding Thompson’s travel plans and various publications of The Canadian Pacific Railway Company, including leaflets with photographs of accommodation and facilities on board individual steamer ships, information about the company, programs of entertainment, postcards, sailing times and routes, menus, meal coupons, telegrams, tickets and reservations. The scrapbook also contains similar items produced by other travel companies and hotels as well as maps of particular areas, country-specific information, and tourism leaflets advertising local excursions and activities. In addition, the scrapbook contains some examples of Chinese writing and numbers, contemporary newspaper clippings and further sketches of individuals Thompson saw. The scrapbook is blank from p.70 onwards.
A bound journal with “THE SUDAN 1909” written in gold lettering on the spine. The journal consists of daily descriptions of the places Thompson visited and the experiences he had. At the back of this section is a full handwritten itinerary of the trip including all the dates and times of arrivals and departures from destinations along his route. In addition Thompson lists his expenses for various stages of his journey. At the back of the journal are further sketches of people and places and various collected ephemera from the trip.
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