Glacier de Bossons & Grotto Mont Blanc Alps Antique Albumen Photo circa 1890

Product code: 5326
Antique black and white albumen photograph mounted onto stiff card circa 1890 of The Bossons Glacier with three contemporary tourists attempting to scale the glacier. It is one of the larger glaciers of the Mont Blanc massif of the Alps, found in the Chamonix valley of Haute-Savoie département, south-eastern France. It is fed from icefields lying on the northern side of Mont Blanc, and descends down close to the Aiguille du Midi and ends on the southern side of the Arve valley, close to the town of Chamonix. It has the largest altitudinal drop of all the alpine glaciers in Europe, and formerly extended much further down the valley than it does today. It is now approximately 7.5 km long, with a surface area of approximately 10 kmm².

In the 17th century the Bossons glacier extended right down into Chamonix, reaching the settlement of Le Fouly, engulfing farmland, barns and houses. Local bishops were called upon to exorcise the demons within the glacier. By around 1784 the glacier had started to retreat, although there was a renewed surge around 1815 and the frightened community erected a cross in front of its snout, which served as a marker for glacial retreat for the next 100 years. The glacier grotto was artificially made inside glaciers, primarly as a tourist attraction. The first glacier grottoes were made in the second half of the 19th century.

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Acutal Photograph Size: 28 x 21.5 cm approx

Product Code 5326