Just kidding, I'm not doing this simply to keep up with the one post a week schedule, I'm posting this stuff because it's fantastic primary source material! I found this album in a box in my Grandparent's attic along with three other Victorian albums, two Edwardian ones, and a small assortment of individual framed photos from the 1910's and 20's. It was probably the most exciting thing that's ever happened to me, I stood there for several minutes just cackling and wheezing out the words "primary source material, primary source material" (I'm not making that up).
I am going to scan and post all these pictures here on this blog, a few at a time.
There was one very large 19th century album, one small one and 2 medium sized ones.
Today I'm posting from one of the medium sized albums. It is 10 cm wide, 13.5 cm tall and 6.25 cm thick. It has a brown leather cover with four white feet that I think are made of porcelain. There are 25 thick cardboard pages, each with a space on both sides. 36 of the spaces have photos and 14 are empty. The binding is totally dead and the pages are mostly detached from each other, which made scanning much easier.
This post contains the first 18 photographs. I have watermarked them, but I put the marks on the frames so that they wouldn't mess up the pictures. There are names written underneath the pictures, which are in a rather scrawly hand, but I'll try my best to read them.
Ugh, that was a long introduction. Now for the photographs! (I strongly recommend clicking on them for a larger view.)
|Aunt Ann Lindsey|
As you can see, her picture was partly out of the frame. I was able to very carefully remove it and scan the back. Most of these pictures are on metal plates(the darker grey ones), but some of them (the sepia ones) are mounted on little pieces of cardboard. The metal photos don't have any other markings on them, but the cardboard ones have the name and location of the photography studio on the back.
|Back of picture #1|
|By Mc Coy?|
It's incredible how closely he resembles Dr. Joel Fleischman from Northern Exposure.
|Uncle Sam Briggs' girls, Blanche & Lydia.|
|Uncle George's girl, Ella Briggs.|
|Lydia Briggs McBride|
|Who is this guy? I have no idea. Scrawly Person didn't write his name down.|
|Clara Briggs Lockhart & John Briggs|
|Uncle Sam Briggs|
|Aunt Kate Briggs|
|Aunt Lydia McBride|
|Uncle George & Aunt Adeline(?) Briggs|
|Uncle Robert & Aunt Bell Briggs|
|Aunt Ann & Uncle John Lindsey|
|Uncle John Lindsey|
And that concludes the first half of Album #1.
You may use these pictures if you wish, but please send a link back to me!
So, what do you think? My commentary is pretty much useless and I'm sure there are people reading this that know way more about 19th century fashion than me. I'm guessing that these are from the 1870's or 80's, but these people did live in relatively small Canadian towns, so hard to know for sure.