C. 1890 - 1940 Collection of Photographs from the Life of United States & State of New Jersey Forester & Conservation Advocate Alfred Gaskill
(Forestry - United States)

No Place Listed: Not Published, 1890. F Collection of approximately 150 loose images; various sizes and formats, black and white or sepia tone; from snapshot to 7" x 9" size; not many identified; mostly of American locations, a few of a European trip and about 1/2 dozen of an India trip; a couple of amateur 'panoramas' also, with images numbered to be placed in a row to obtain the overall view; many images of trees that intrigued Gaskill, and towards the end of his long life, photographs which record field trips with friends and family; with a group of images of interior & exterior views of a summer home; a good, albeit worn & creased 5" x 7" image of the young Gaskill as State Forester of New Jersey with a large group of men in a burnt-out-looking forest area, identified on back as "Compliments the New York State College of Forestry Syracuse - Photo by Hugh P. Baker" (who was later Dean of the School); a small group of 4 images from early in his career show a tented campsite and a group of men, in a big pine forest; family, candid and other images are here as well; Alfred Gaskill (1861-1950) American forester & conservation expert, author of much literature in the field and especially respected in the areas of arboriculture & reforestation, born in Philadelphia, in 1898 went to the Biltmore Forestry School in Asheville, North Carolina, continued at Harvard University and at the University of Munich;. The U. S. Bureau of Forestry employed him as a Field Assistant in 1901. By 1905, when the United States Forest Service was formed under Gifford Pinchot, he rose to the rank of Assistant Forest Inspector and was one of those who originated the idea for a National Association of State Foresters, the forerunner being an "Eastern" Association and becoming today's full-fledged National Association of State Foresters; in New Jersey, Gaskill was appointed State Forester on February 1, 1907…"…The State Forester used every opportunity to awaken an interest in forestry, to explain its principles and purposes and to induce every citizen to join in its work. He spent many days giving lectures to interested groups, using colored lantern slides loaned by the United States Forest Service, His audience included Farmers' Institutes, clubs, boards of trade, school boards, schoolteachers, student assemblies. Women's Clubs in the northern part of the State were among the most ardent listeners and supporters. Gaskill encouraged the teaching of forestry in schools in connection with economics and nature study. He promoted the proper observation of Arbor Day and wrote advice to private owners, inspecting their woodlots and preparing woodland management plans…" (2005 Wright, A Century of Forest Stewardship in New Jersey 1905-2005); some images with edgewear and creasing, couple with tears or worse wear; overall, the images are in very good condition and a good glimpse into the life of this noted forestry & conservation advocate. Very Good Paperback (Item ID: 21538)


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