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Five-decade photograph collection of an extended - Compiled by the Kase and Spee - 1950. 
New York and Pennsylvania, 1950. Five various-size volumes holding well over 1000 photographs of differing sizes. Many of the photographs are captioned on the page, in the margin, or on the reverse. About half of the images are attached with photo corners and half have been glued/pasted to the pages. Most are in nice shape; some have creases or tape mends. Four of the albums are in good shape with some minor wear; the fifth is missing its front cover and the first page has been taped in place. This is an impressive collection of images that record changes within an American community over the first 50 years of the 20th century. The somewhat chronologically-organized albums were compiled by the Kase and Speer family and primarily consist of photographs from area surrounding Binghamton, New York, and Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania. All manner of family life is depicted including home scenes, cabins, family members, pets, school, vacations, soldiers and marines, hunting, fishing, boating, swimming, barnyard animals and farm equipment, shops, wagons, horses, buggies and sleighs, bicycles and vehicles, snowstorms, etc. Highlights include * many motorcycle photos from the 1910s (Harley-Davidson, Dayton, sidecar); * many military photos including World War One (several of soldiers outside Walter Reed Army Hospital, several of a victory parade including one with a Holt Mark II tracked 155mm howitzer and one with President Wilson walking in a top hat and overcoat), between the wars (several of the 23rd Cavalry Division on parade), and World War Two (one of Corporal Donald Speer working on a B-24 Liberator engine); * a circa-1915 Boy Scout; * an interracial picnic, * two photos of Adams Express wagons in front of a store; * three photos of a train wreck at Catawissa, Pennsylvania; * a wagon caught in a flood at Castle Creek, New York; * the start of the 1916 marathon at Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania; * and more.
[Bookseller: Read 'Em Again Books, ABAA]
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