Franck Harry Alverson (w1951)

  • Alias-Pseudonimo-Pseudonyme: Prince of Vagabonds
  • Nationality-Nazionalità-Nationalité: -
  • Birth/death-Nascita/morte-Naissance/mort: -
  • Means of transport-Mezzo di trasporto-Moyen de transport: On foot-A piedi-A pied
  • Geographical description-Riferimento geografico-Référence géographique: Around the World-Giro del mondo-Tour du monde
  • Additional references-Riferimenti complementari-Références complémentaires: Franck H. A., A Vagabond Joumey Around the World, The Century co., 1910.

Harry A. Franck's famous travels have earned for him the title of "the Prince of Vagabonds." Not for him travel in well-to-do, respectable old age, when eyes are too dim to catch the beauty of distant landscapes. So in his first year out of college, he set out with a camera as his weapon and baggage and $104.00 between him and starvation, an amount he quickly spent on photography.

"As his chief objective was investigation of the masses, he worked and mingled always with common people. His itinerary mapped itself out as his earnings permitted; his wanderings carried him into strange corners of the world, far from tourist's tracks. And before he reached his home again, he had proved conclusively that a man can girdle the globe without money, weapons, or baggage. In the hope that his observations and experiences may interest fireside travelers, he offers this fascinating account of his adventurous travels in Vagabondia.

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