Asia Trip

After the 1935 Constitution of the Commonwealth of the Philippines was approved by the Philippines and the United States, the Philippine government began making plans for their inauguration. The United States House Committee on Insular Affairs, of which Wilburn Cartwright was a member, was invited to attend the inauguration ceremony of the Commonwealth of the Philippines and their new heads of state by the Philippine government and at their expense, to which the committee accepted. It was decided that the congressional delegation would depart from Seattle a month before their expected arrival in the Philippines, to leave them enough time to stop in Japan and China for sightseeing on the way. A stop in Hawaii was also planned for the voyage home.

Cartwright was accompanied on the trip by his wife, Carrie, and his two daughters, Doralyn and Wilburta. The family joined, the other committee members, Vice President Garner, Speaker Byrns, and their families as they sailed away on a journey that afforded them the opportunity to experience several new cultures and witness the beginning of the Philippines’ path to independence.

Doralyn and Wilburta Cartwright in Japanese kimonos, holding parasols and dolls, aboard ship.

Doralyn and Wilburta Cartwright in Japanese kimonos, holding parasols and dolls, aboard ship.

The Cartwrights did as much sightseeing and shopping as they could on the trip. This picture shows, from left to right, Wilburta Cartwright, Doralyn Cartwright, and Daphne Mahon, daughter of Texas congressman, George Mahon. The girls are wearing…

Cartwright family with Camilo Osias standing in front of bronze Buddha. Kamakura, Japan.

Cartwright family with Camilo Osias standing in front of bronze Buddha. Kamakura, Japan.

This photo shows the Cartwright family in front of an enormous statue that is referred to as the Great Buddha of Kamakura, Japan. The statue is a likeness of Amitabha Buddha made of copper which resides outdoors on the grounds of the Kotoku-in…

Wilburn Cartwright looking at snakes on a table, outdoors, China.

Wilburn Cartwright looking at snakes on a table, outdoors, China.

Cartwright interacting with snakes on a table in China.

Panoramic view of Canton and harbor. Photographer - Ah Fong.

Panoramic view of Canton and harbor. Photographer - Ah Fong.

Photograph by Ah Fong that provides a panoramic view of Canton and the harbor.

Cartwright family in rickshaws, Doralyn and Wilburta, in middle one, looking at Carrie, Hong Kong.

Cartwright family in rickshaws, Doralyn and Wilburta, in middle one, looking at Carrie, Hong Kong.

The Cartwrights took a few rickshaw rides while on their trip. The first rickshaw ride that Cartwright documented was the one they took through the business district of Kobe, Japan on October 30, 1935. The ride pictured is the one the family took on…

Wilburn Cartwright and two Filipinos, one of them pointing to the islands on a globe.

Wilburn Cartwright and two Filipinos, one of them pointing to the islands on a globe.

During their stay in the Philippines, the congressional party met with many local government officials while gathering information about the country. This photograph shows Cartwright with two unidentified Filipino men pointing out the Philippines on…

Wilburn Cartwright, Wilburta Cartwright, Vice President John Garner, Doralyn Cartwright, Mrs. Garner and Carrie Cartwright, with leis, on ship.

Wilburn Cartwright, Wilburta Cartwright, Vice President John Garner, Doralyn Cartwright, Mrs. Garner and Carrie Cartwright, with leis, on ship.

This picture shows Vice President Garner and his wife with the Cartwright family, all adorned in leis. This photograph may have been taken on the S.S. President Jefferson as the group was leaving Hawaii.

Group on deck of ship. Includes Cartwright family and members of congressional delegation.

Group on deck of ship. Includes Cartwright family and members of congressional delegation.

This picture shows the Cartwright family, Vice President Garner, and several other members of the congressional delegation in leis, throwing streamers off the ship as they sail away. This was likely taken as the group was leaving Hawaii to make the…

Cartwright's Special Passport

Cartwright's Special Passport

This is a special passport issued by the Secretary of State Cordell Hull. The passport picture is a family portrait of Cartwright, his wife, Carrie Edna S., and his daughters, Doralyn Emma and Wilburta May.

American Mail Line Travel Brochure for Seattle

American Mail Line Travel Brochure for Seattle

This is an American Mail Line travel brochure for Seattle.

Congressional Delegation Pamphlet

Congressional Delegation Pamphlet

This is a pamphlet created for the members of the Congressional Delegation at the beginning of the trip. It contains a list of the guests on the S.S. President Grant, along with useful information about the ship.

American Mail Line Travel Brochure for Philippines

American Mail Line Travel Brochure for Philippines

This is an American Mail Line travel brochure for the Philippines. This brochure has some underlining in it.

American Mail Line Travel Brochure for China

American Mail Line Travel Brochure for China

This is an American Mail Line travel brochure for China. Cartwright would often pick up these brochures to read and make notes about information he found interesting. This brochure has some underlining and writing on it.

American Mail Line Travel Brochure for Japan

American Mail Line Travel Brochure for Japan

This is an American Mail Line travel brochure for Japan.

Official Inauguration Program of Manuel Quezon and Sergio Osmena

Official Inauguration Program of Manuel Quezon and Sergio Osmena

This is one of the official programs from the inauguration of the Commonwealth of the Philippines and the induction into office of the first president and vice president of the Philippines.

Inaugural Address of Manuel Quezon

Inaugural Address of Manuel Quezon

This is a bound version of the inaugural address of Manuel L. Quezon, the first President of the Philippines. Cartwright's name is embossed on the front cover. Inside, there is an inscription to Cartwright from Quezon himself.

Hawaii Map from Travel Booklet

Hawaii Map from Travel Booklet

Cartwright had a habit of picking up travel materials at each stop on the trip. He, apparently, was not able to acquire his usual American Mail Line travel brochure for Hawaii, however, he did get a travel booklet titled "Nearby Hawaii," which…

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