Ceylon – now Sri Lanka – is one of the furthest-flung places represented in Avery’s viewbook collection. While the American viewbooks focus almost exclusively on local buildings and products, One hundred best views of Ceylon includes many images of people, with an emphasis on illustrating local dress and custom. The images that do feature buildings are interesting for the contrast they draw between colonial structures – the Grand Oriental Hotel, the General Post Office, the Queen’s House – and “native” ones, such as the “typical jungle village” depicted in this scene. Not just a souvenir, this viewbook also doubles as the publisher’s advertisement of their photographic work. A note on the verso of the title page reads, “To tourists who prefer Real Photographs, or pictures of subjects other than these we have reproduced, we recommend a perusal of our compete Catalogue or a visit to one of our various establishments, where full collections of Views in all sizes, Character Studies, Stereoscopic Views, Lantern Slides, etc., may be seen.” This note helps put viewbooks in the context of other popular souvenirs of the day, all based on new and cheap techniques for printing images based on photographs.