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Photo Albums]: New England Seaside Snapshots - - 9999. 
Massachusetts and Connecticut. [circa early 1920s]. Two volumes. Large oblong quartos. Measuring 9.5" x 12". String-tied black cloth over paper boards. The two volumes contains 325 black and white or sepia toned gelatin silver photographs measuring between 3" x 4" and 3.5" x 5.75", some with captions on the verso. Very good photo album with some tears with near fine photographs.A photo album kept by a New England family during the first half of the 1920s. From the few captions it appears that many of the photos were taken in Connecticut and Massachusetts. The majority of the photos are taken on the seaside during a number of summers. These photos show the family in bathing costumes of the era playing on the beach and swimming. One photo shows two women lounging in the sand with a parasol. Most of the photos are candid snapshots and catch family and friends in the midst of conversation and games, such as an action shot of a game of leap frog. The New England coast is captured in lovely amateur snaps of seaside towns and crowds of people on the beaches, including West Haven Beach in Connecticut. Along with the vacation photos there are numerous shots of neighborhoods and family homes in different seasons. Some show a group of men working on the road in May with large swathes of the street torn up so that a track can be laid down, possibly for a trolley or streetcar. Another selection of photos show houses in winter covered in snow with views of barren trees lining the streets. There are also photos of a city taken looking down on the buildings from one of the taller buildings, showing bustling streets and billboards. Throughout the album small groups of family members are seen posing in nice clothes for various gatherings and events in front of family homes, farms, and in gardens. The generous number of snapshots and the nature of the photography suggests that the person behind the camera was interested in not only documenting their family but also perfecting their skills in the art of photography.An interesting and vast collection of better than average 1920s photography of a New England family. .
[Bookseller: Between the Covers- Rare Books, Inc. ABA]
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