In 1925 Hoppé received a commission from German publisher Ernst Wasmuth to make a photographically illustrated book of America. From late 1925 and for most of 1926 Hoppé traversed the continent several times making photographs for his book Romantic America to be published as part of the Orbis Terrarum series. Hoppé's view of America was geographically expansive from the Brooklyn Bridge to the pueblos of New Mexico, from Hollywood back lots to Seattle lumber mills, and from the First African Baptist Church in Savannah to the wheat farms of Utah. Wasmuth’s commission required that Hoppé photograph scenes primarily without people in them so that the pictures would remain current in their appearance even as fashion changed. Presumably Wasmuth wanted the book to have a long shelf life. Not one to pass up an opportunity, while on his travels Hoppé did photograph many different "types" of Americans making an early and important studies that reveal a multi-cultural society attempting to connect across racial, cultural and economic differences.

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Manhattan, 1925

On Brooklyn Bridge,1921

Philadelphia, 1926

New York City, 1926

New York City, c.1919

New York City, 1921

Michigan, 1926

Pittsburgh, 1926

Michigan, 1926

Key West, Florida, 1926

Key West, Florida, 1926

Miami, Florida, 1926

Missouri, 1926

Los Angeles, 1926

Los Angeles, 1926

Tijuana, Mexico, 1926

Los Angeles, 1926

Chicago, 1926

Chicago, 1926

Yosemite, California, 1926


Editions:
German edition: Das Romantische Amerika, 1927 (pictured above)
English edition: Romantic America: Picturesque United States, 1926