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[Photo Album]: Victorian Snapshots
New York. [circa 1890s]. Oblong quarto. Brown cloth album with "photographs" stamped in gilt on the front board measuring 7.5" x 10.5". A collection of 153 sepia tone or cyanotype photographs measuring between 1.5" x 1.5" to 3.5" x 4.5" affixed to cardboard pages, the vast majority are captioned. Album is very good with rubbing and worn corners with very good or better photographs with some rubbing and edgewear. A collection of 153 Victorian-era snapshots from the 1890s mostly from Cooperstown and the surrounding areas in New York State with the card of Mrs. Alice A. Landfield (1851-1916) laid in. The album shows a summer outing on Lake Pleasant with numerous pictures of families on the lakeside, in cabins, tents, on boats, and posing on top of boulders. Photographs of the family posing with newborns, children dressed in bonnets, as well as two fishing trip photos and the surrounding landscape of upstate New York including a variety of waterfalls. One photograph captioned "a favorite retreat" depicts a woman resting next to a bicycle she has just dismounted. The last few pages show an old school house with children playing and two photos are of a young black boy in a straw hat. A reasonably large and very pleasing collection of early amateur photography focusing on life in New York just before the turn of the century. .
      [Bookseller: Between the Covers- Rare Books, Inc. ABA]
Last Found On: 2014-10-02           Check availability:      IOBABooks    


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