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Family Travels and Activities, 1890s

PC009.158 (RS13089)

Description

An album of approximately 100 photographs, seemingly documenting family travels and activities in the 1890s [included is one dated photograph of the Cambridge Commandery, 1892]. It includes several photographs purchased from or distributed by, the following photographers: Maude and Company, Los Angeles, (Western Views, California); Savage, Salt Lake City, Utah; Ironmonger, Santa Cataline, California; Slocum, San Diego, California.

Interspersed with these largely professional views are platinum prints by an amateur photographer, recording --among other subjects-- a clambake; a picnic; shorefront scenes, possibly in Maine; family gathering at a New England hotel; swanboats in the Public Garden, Boston; the interior of a jewelry store; a stone quarry. Also, what appear to be family gatherings at Plymouth Rock. Of particular interest are the photographs of a group of young back men, and a portrait of a young black boy with a smaller child, possibly made by an amateur photographer, possibly in the vicinity of Hampden, Virginia ( though this is pure speculation). Other views, connected sequentially with these, suggest a southern U. S. locale ( trees with live moss, for example). Several are identified as St. Augustine, Florida.

Overall, this is an unusual album, both for its pictorial quality, and for its unusual subject matter.

The compiler is unknown, though it seems likely to have been connected with a Cambridge [?] Mass. family active in church affairs [probably Methodist or Baptist??]. The dates may be somewhat broader than suggested by the one dated photograph of 1892.

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Details

Collection Name
Photograph albums collection
Collection Code
PC009
Dates
ca. 1890
Acquisition Type
Gift
Date of Acquisition
1984
Physical Description
1 photograph album; 11 1/2 x 9 3/8 inches
Collection Type
Photographs
Description Level
Item
Additional Identification Number
album number: 158
GUSN
188016
Reference Code
PC009.158

Record details

Descriptive Terms
African American
Boston, Mass
Cambridge Commandery
Ironmonger (Santa Catalina, CA)
Maine
Maude and Company
Public Garden, Boston, MA
Savage ( Salt Lake city , Utah)
Slocum ( San Diego, CA)
St. Augustine, Florida
coastlines
dwellings
exterior views
families
interior views
landscapes (representations)
recreation
travel
Material Type
black-and-white prints (photographs)
photograph albums
platinum prints
Subjects
Clambakes
Family
Picnics
Travel
Places
Boston (Suffolk county, Massachusetts)
Plymouth (Plymouth County, Massachusetts)
Cambridge (Middlesex county, Massachusetts)
Maine (United States)
Location Note
photo albums # 157,158

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