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Miss M.D. Beach
Kodak'd by Miss M.D. Beach
It is wonderful what a superstitious aversion they have to the camera. When we tried our Kodaks on them they instantly enveloped themselves in their blankets, and would not uncover until some old crone who had an eye through a hole of her hood gave the signal. This was in fact so mysterious that we tried to reason with them, showed them pictures of ourselves, offered to send them their likenesses by the next boat, but all to no purpose, and we were about to give it up, when at the suggestion of one of "the oldest inhabitants" we held aloft a silver dollar. Instantly there was a change. The superstition simply consisted in the belief that it was not healthy to do any thing without being paid for it, a superstition which seems to pervade waiters, and porters, and chambermaids, and that class of people all over the world.
Septima M. Collis A Woman's Trip to Alaska - Being an Account of a Voyage through the Inland Seas of the Sitkan Archipelago in 1890 (New York: Cassell Publishing Company, 1890), p.99-100.