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Family album from 1920-1940

PC009.261 (RS152608)

Description

Black scrapbook of 103 black and white photographs, 1 theatre ticket, 1 Christmas card, and 1 calling card. Most of album are snapshots of a unidentified family and friends. Album shows family life with shots of boating, playing tennis, posing outside, and various automobiles. Appears to be circa 1920-1940 based on clothing style, cars and a limited number of dates on photos. The only family named is the calling card for Mr. and Mrs. Walter Barker, dated April 20, 1921. The location may be somewhere in Maine. There is a photograph of a woman in front of a car with Maine plates dated 1937. Also there are several photographs of a utility vehicle with Venetian Melody Boys, Portland, Maine painted on the side and another photo with an advertisement for a dance party with the Venetian Melody Boys of Portland, Maine. An internet search verifies that the Venetian Melody Boys did perform in Maine in the 1920s. The theatre ticket and Christmas card have no dates nor is the card signed. Of additional interest are snapshots of men in tuxedos and a group shot of the same men photgraphed by Alden, Rochester, NH. These men are possibly members of the Venetian Melody Boys. Also there are two individual shots of a man sitting behind his drum set; one by Porter dated 1924, the other by Barbeau of Oswego, NY. The album has value as a study of style of dress, automobiles and historical record for the period.

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Details

Collection Name
Photograph albums collection
Collection Code
PC009
Dates
1920-1940
Acquisition Type
Gift
Date of Acquisition
2011
Physical Description
1 photograph album; 8 1/4 x 11 1/4 inches
Collection Type
Photographs
Description Level
Item
Additional Identification Number
album number: 261
GUSN
253262
Reference Code
PC009.261

Record details

Other Organizations
Venetian Melody Boys
Descriptive Terms
automobiles
boating
musicians
recreation
Material Type
black-and-white photographs
photograph albums
Subjects
Automobile
Family
Places
Maine (United States)
Portland (Cumberland county, Maine)
Location Note
HGO-01-001-O-F-406

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