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  • Thumbnail for Thorp Collection 001, Altar of Heaven at night
    Thorp Collection 001, Altar of Heaven at night

    Altar of Heaven at night. Beijing. (Hartungs) Notes regarding the images in the James Thorp Collection, presented in this database as images ecasia000072 through ecasia000278: -- We have very little specific information regarding individual images in this collection of images of China, beyond the titles of the images. Following is a general statement about the group of images, as a whole, and about their creator. -- James Thorp was a professor of geology and soil science at Earlham College from the 1940s until his retirement in the early 1960s, when he was replaced by Charles Martin. He was a legendary teacher, as well as a highly respected geologist and an international expert on soils and soil conservation practices. He also was a skilled photographer. -- When he retired from Earlham, he left a set of rich resources to the college, including a very large collection of photos of China from the 1930s and an important collection of Chinese art. -- The photo collection includes prints and a group of about 400 glass transparencies. The images in this current section of the IDEAS project have been drawn from the collection of glass slides. -- In 1933, when he was 37 years old, Thorp, then an employee of the U.S. Bureau of Chemistry and Soils, U.S. Department of Agriculture, went to China, on loan from the Department of Agriculture. He served in China for three years as chief soil technologist for the National Geological Survey of China. The survey of Chinese resources which he directed resulted in his book, Geography of the Soils of China, published by the National Geologic Survey of China, 1936. -- During the years of his work in China, he toured the country analyzing and mapping the soils, taking many hundreds of photographs as he did so. Many are photos of soils, rock patterns, agricultural practices, etc., which he used later in his teaching and in his book on the soils of China. Other images depict China, itself, its temples, landscapes, and people. It is primarily from the latter group that these IDEAS project images have been selected. -- Unless otherwise noted, as is the case with the first 16 images presented here, image numbers ecasia000072 - ecasia000088, the photos were taken by James Thorp. [We believe that those first 16 slides were commercial images, several taken by a photographer named Hartungs, and the rest by Adams, as indicated in the data with the images.] The descriptions of the images, the only documentation we have for these images, are taken directly from Thorp's markings on each glass original, although spellings have been edited to reflect current practice. -- The images were taken using a view camera, probably producing glass negatives, which were then converted to these positive images on glass slides for projection. -- The positive glass slides have been carefully transferred to 35mm film by Wes Miller, Director, Instructional Technology and Media, Lilly Library, Earlham College. The film slides were scanned for use in this project by Sandy Augustin, Earlham assistant for the IDEAS project and secretary, Institute for Education on Japan. Ms. Augustin also worked with Photoshop to enhance some of the images for use in this project (high resolution, unedited files were produced also, for archiving of the images). The collection of James Thorp's photos and written materials, such as correspondence from China, is being surveyed and cataloged by Dr. Charles Martin, professor emeritus, Department of Geology, Earlham College, working with Dr. Thomas Hamm, Earlham College archivist. The collection of Chinese art bequeathed to the college by James and Eleanor Ballard Thorp is now part of the Earlham College Permanent Art Collection, Lilly Library.

  • Thumbnail for Thorp Collection 038, intake for irrigation system.  (View of the "Elephant Trunk") Guanxian, Sichuan
    Thorp Collection 038, intake for irrigation system. (View of the "Elephant Trunk") Guanxian, Sichuan

    Intake for irrigation system. (View of the "Elephant Trunk") Guanxian, Sichuan. This image and all others identified as ecasia000072 through ecasia000278, are scans of images from the James Thorp Collection, Earlham College. An explanation and description of the collection and its origin are included in the description of image I.D. ecasia000072, the first Thorp image presented in this project collection.

  • Thumbnail for Thorp Collection 034, Min River between Kiating and Yibin, Sichuan
    Thorp Collection 034, Min River between Kiating and Yibin, Sichuan

    Min River between Kiating and Yibin, Sichuan. This image and all others identified as ecasia000072 through ecasia000278, are scans of images from the James Thorp Collection, Earlham College. An explanation and description of the collection and its origin are included in the description of image I.D. ecasia000072, the first Thorp image presented in this project collection.

  • Thumbnail for Thorp Collection 050, Houseboats - Wanchin.
    Thorp Collection 050, Houseboats - Wanchin.

    Thorp Collection, Houseboats - Wanchin. This image and all others identified as ecasia000072 through ecasia000278, are scans of images from the James Thorp Collection, Earlham College. An explanation and description of the collection and its origin are included in the description of image I.D. ecasia000072.

  • Thumbnail for Thorp Collection 033, brown soil between limestone rocks, S. Sichuan
    Thorp Collection 033, brown soil between limestone rocks, S. Sichuan

    Brown soil between limestone rocks, S. Sichuan. This image and all others identified as ecasia000072 through ecasia000278, are scans of images from the James Thorp Collection, Earlham College. An explanation and description of the collection and its origin are included in the description of image I.D. ecasia000072, the first Thorp image presented in this project collection.

  • Thumbnail for Thorp Collection 004, Forbidden City from air, Beijing
    Thorp Collection 004, Forbidden City from air, Beijing

    This image and all others identified as ecasia000072 through ecasia000278, are scans of images from the James Thorp Collection, Earlham College. An explanation and description of the collection and its origin are included in the description of image I.D. ecasia000072, the first Thorp image presented in this project collection.

  • Thumbnail for Thorp Collection 027, waterfront, Chongqing, Sichuan
    Thorp Collection 027, waterfront, Chongqing, Sichuan

    Waterfront, Chongqing, Sichuan. This image and all others identified as ecasia000072 through ecasia000278, are scans of images from the James Thorp Collection, Earlham College. An explanation and description of the collection and its origin are included in the description of image I.D. ecasia000072, the first Thorp image presented in this project collection.

  • Thumbnail for Thorp Collection 030, on the Chang Jiang (Yangtze River) between Fuling-Chongqing, Sichuan.
    Thorp Collection 030, on the Chang Jiang (Yangtze River) between Fuling-Chongqing, Sichuan.

    On the Chang Jiang (Yangtze River) between Fuling-Chongqing, Sichuan. This image and all others identified as ecasia000072 through ecasia000278, are scans of images from the James Thorp Collection, Earlham College. An explanation and description of the collection and its origin are included in the description of image I.D. ecasia000072, the first Thorp image presented in this project collection.

  • Thumbnail for Thorp Collection 045, salt, E. Jiangsu
    Thorp Collection 045, salt, E. Jiangsu

    Salt, E. Jiangsu. This image and all others identified as ecasia000072 through ecasia000278, are scans of images from the James Thorp Collection, Earlham College. An explanation and description of the collection and its origin are included in the description of image I.D. ecasia000072, the first Thorp image presented in this project collection.

  • Thumbnail for Thorp Collection 047, old man and pipe by canal, Jiangsu
    Thorp Collection 047, old man and pipe by canal, Jiangsu

    This image and all others identified as ecasia000072 through ecasia000278, are scans of images from the James Thorp Collection, Earlham College. An explanation and description of the collection and its origin are included in the description of image I.D. ecasia000072, the first Thorp image presented in this project collection.

  • Thumbnail for Thorp Collection 119, Results of famine, Village in Gansu.
    Thorp Collection 119, Results of famine, Village in Gansu.

    This image and all others identified as ecasia000072 through ecasia000278, are scans of images from the James Thorp Collection, Earlham College. An explanation and description of the collection and its origin are included in the description of image I.D. ecasia000072, "Altar of Heaven at night, Beijing," the first Thorp image presented in this project collection.

  • Thumbnail for Post Office Robbery Alarm
    Post Office Robbery Alarm

    A robbery alarm sits ready at the post office.

  • Thumbnail for Shopping Carts
    Shopping Carts

    Shopping carts in a grocery store in Hokkaido are actually a basket and cart in one.

  • Thumbnail for Pocky Chocolate Biscuit Sticks
    Pocky Chocolate Biscuit Sticks

    Original Pocky, in all its glory. Pocky chocolate is Japan's number one treat. In 1965, the company Glico sold Chocotek, Pocky's original name, for the first time. At that time, Chocotek was sold for 60 yen per box. The product was expected to gross 10 billion yen in the first two years but exceeded expectations threefold. After that, Chocotek was renamed Pocky because of the pockin sound that it made when eaten. In 1971, Glico invented a new flavor, Almond Pocky. Six years later, Strawberry Pocky was invented. Now, a new flavor of Pocky is released every year.

  • Thumbnail for Liquor Menu
    Liquor Menu

    A liquor menu, with a variety of mixed drinks and sake.

  • Thumbnail for Post Office: Jihan 2
    Post Office: Jihan 2

    A closer look at a post-card/stamp machine.

  • Thumbnail for Farewell Party
    Farewell Party

    Several students from Nagasaki Gaidai, a sister school of St. Olaf, pose with Brendan Eagan during our last day there.

  • Thumbnail for Kimono Store:  Obi
    Kimono Store: Obi

    A selection of beautiful obi, to be used with kimonos.

  • Thumbnail for Machida Station
    Machida Station

    The always busy Machida Subway Station.

  • Thumbnail for Jizo Statue
    Jizo Statue

    A statue of a Jizo and child stand surrounded by several other statues.

  • Thumbnail for Megane
    Megane

    Text: "Gojiyuu ni goshiyoo kudasai." From the Hokkaido post office.

  • Thumbnail for Thorp Collection 044, tung oil and winter wheat, Lungkan, Sichuan
    Thorp Collection 044, tung oil and winter wheat, Lungkan, Sichuan

    Tung oil and winter wheat, Lungkan, Sichuan. This image and all others identified as ecasia000072 through ecasia000278, are scans of images from the James Thorp Collection, Earlham College. An explanation and description of the collection and its origin are included in the description of image I.D. ecasia000072, the first Thorp image presented in this project collection.

  • Thumbnail for Thorp Collection 015, Wumen Golden River 015 - Forbidden City, Beijing
    Thorp Collection 015, Wumen Golden River 015 - Forbidden City, Beijing

    This image and all others identified as ecasia000072 through ecasia000278, are scans of images from the James Thorp Collection, Earlham College. An explanation and description of the collection and its origin are included in the description of image I.D. ecasia000072, the first Thorp image presented in this project collection.

  • Thumbnail for Thorp Collection 006, Bronze Lion - Forbidden City, Beijing
    Thorp Collection 006, Bronze Lion - Forbidden City, Beijing

    This image and all others identified as ecasia000072 through ecasia000278, are scans of images from the James Thorp Collection, Earlham College. An explanation and description of the collection and its origin are included in the description of image I.D. ecasia000072, the first Thorp image presented in this project collection.

  • Thumbnail for Thorp Collection 025, Guizhou-Sichuan border
    Thorp Collection 025, Guizhou-Sichuan border

    Guizhou-Sichuan border. This image and all others identified as ecasia000072 through ecasia000278, are scans of images from the James Thorp Collection, Earlham College. An explanation and description of the collection and its origin are included in the description of image I.D. ecasia000072, the first Thorp image presented in this project collection.