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[Photo Album]: Pompton Lakes, New Jersey and Early Automobiles
Pompton Lake, New Jersey, 1900. Near Fine. Large oblong octavo. String-tied flexible green boards with "Photographs" stamped in gilt on the front board measuring 7" x 10". A collection of 321 black and white and sepia toned gelatin silver photographs, measuring between 1" x 1.5" and 7" x 9.5", affixed to stiff gray paper and with some scattered captions. Photographs are near fine in a very good album with some waviness and edgewear. A family photo album of early snapshots beginning in 1900 from Pompton Lakes, New Jersey, as well as Long Beach and Buffalo, New York. The family appears to be upper middle class, seen here in fashionable clothing, in large houses, on numerous trips, and engaging in leisure activity. Photos show a man and a woman posing with tennis rackets, a child cavorting with a banjo, using it as a prop for everything except music, and one showing a Victorian woman with a snake wrapped around her. There are scenes of the lakes which include houseboats and people on small boats and kayak type vessels. Jocular posing appears throughout with fake punching, women falling off bicycles, and hijinks with various dogs. There are two early photo strips and photographs of people taking pictures with early box cameras. A spread of ten images captures a visit to the 1901 Pan-American Exhibition held in Buffalo including images of several Native Americans and the Temple of Music, where President McKinley was assassinated. Also mixed in are about a half dozen photos that show early open tiller-steered automobiles. An extensive and comprehensive look at amateur Victorian photography.
      [Bookseller: Between the Covers- Rare Books, Inc. ABA]
Last Found On: 2018-01-08           Check availability:      Biblio    


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