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Early 20th century Family Album

Description

Black bound volume of 226 black and white gelatin-silver snapshots and studio portraits dating from the early 20th century. A few photographs are detached from the page, a few are missing, and one photograph has been cut down. The album lacks annotations, with no captions identifying people or places.

The majority of the photographs were taken out-of-doors, and depict families and friends enjoying themselves and each other, including siblings, mothers/daughters, fathers/sons, infants, servants, and caregivers. Most often, family groups (including children) are involved in summer activities such as swimming, hiking, boating, picnicking, and going on horse and carriage rides, however, there are outdoor winter scenes of sledding and skating. Domestic scenes include: pictures of a chicken coop; one of laundry drying on a line; candid photographs of children at play with favorite toys or dolls; and individuals with pets. Many of the group photos of young women with family and friends illustrate the hats, purses, and suits of the period. Also well represented are everyday children's clothes as well as many dress-up costumes. Mechanical objects depicted include a windmill, a bicycle, and an early automobile. One woman is pictured on crutches. A prominent photograph is that of a bride and groom with attendants posing out of doors, the clothes indicating the occasion was of a later period.

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Details

Collection Name
Photograph albums collection
Collection Code
PC009
Dates
ca. 1910
Acquisition Type
Gift
Date of Acquisition
1998-10-28
Physical Description
1 photograph album; 10 x 7 1/4 inches
Collection Type
Photographs
Description Level
Item
Additional Identification Number
album number: 216
GUSN
193785
Reference Code
PC009.216

Record details

Descriptive Terms
bicycles
boating
carriages (vehicles)
children
children (people by age group)
children's clothing
costumes (character dress)
domestics
dresses (garments)
families
hats
hiking
horse-drawn vehicles
horseback riding
ice and snow activities
ice skating
leisure
pets
picnics
purses (ladies' accessories)
skating
sledding
sports
swimming
toys
toys (recreational artifacts)
wedding
wedding dresses
weddings
windmills
winter sports equipment
Material Type
black-and-white prints (photographs)
gelatin silver prints
photograph albums
portraits
Location Note
photo albums # 211,212, 216

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