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Views of the home of William Solomon, Roxbury, Mass.

PC009.168 (RS201844)

Description

Bound album of albumen prints of a residence photographed by A. H. Folsom (photographer, 48 Alleghany St., Roxbury, Mass.). An image in the album showing a headstone suggests the subject of the album may have been the residence of William Solomon of 3 Autumn St., Roxbury, Mass. Solomon died in 1888, at which time Folsom photographed his headstone, using a format larger than that which appears on the album plates. These measure 6 x 8 inches, while the headstone image is 7.5 x 9.5 inches. The album includes ten leaves, some of which have photographs affixed to both sides. The images depict the interior and exterior of a mansard roofed house of modest proportions with a carriage house in the rear. Occupants are pictured in front of the residence and seated in a parlor. A series of sequential photographs takes the viewer through rooms of the residence which have been decorated, possibly after the death of a family member (possibly William Solomon himself). The rooms are decorated with handiwork of all types with many Japonnaise elements. There are views of parlors, the dining room with a set table, and exterior views including one of a man standing with a horse. The dining room is conspicuously lacking photographs as decoration (which are scattered throughout the other domestic spaces), with the perhaps important exception of a small photographic portrait tacked to the mantel cloth, perhaps of the deceased relative. Interspersed with Folsom's photographs are portraits of a cat and dog, both photographed in a smaller format and attached to the reverse of the pages that Folsom originally prepared. It is likely that the album is a combination of Folsom's professional work and that of an amateur photographer. The quality of the photographs is excellent, and they provide a wide range of details about prevailing middle-class tastes in the 1880s. Of particular note are pages 3, 14, and 15, which all show wallpapers used in the residence.

Note: blank pages have not been photographed.

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Details

Collection Name
Photograph albums collection
Collection Code
PC009
Dates
ca. 1888
Acquisition Type
Gift
Date of Acquisition
1986
Physical Description
1 photograph album; 13 3/16 x 9 1/4 inches
Collection Type
Photographs
Description Level
Item
Additional Identification Number
album number: 168
Credit Line
Gift of Robert Furhoff, 1986.
GUSN
193762
Reference Code
PC009.168

Record details

Originator
Folsom, A. H. (Augustine H.), 1800-1910 (Photographer)
Other People
Solomon, William
Descriptive Terms
Japonisme
Roxbury, Mass
dwellings
exterior views
interior decoration
interior views
middle class
wallpapers
Material Type
photograph albums
Places
Roxbury (Boston, Suffolk county, Massachusetts) [neighborhood]

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