Family Travels and Activities, 1890s

Collection Type

  • Photography

Date

ca. 1890

Location Note

photo albums # 157,158

GUSN

GUSN-188016

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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.

Details

Descriptive Terms

dwellings
exterior views
interior views
landscapes (representations)
coastlines
families
African American
recreation
travel
photograph albums
black-and-white prints (photographs)
platinum prints

Additional Identification Number

album number 158

Physical Description

1 photograph album; 11 1/2 x 9 3/8 inches

Collection Code

PC009

Collection Name

Photograph albums collection

Date of Acquisition

1984

Reference Code

PC009.158

Acquisition Type

Gift

Places

Boston (Suffolk county, Massachusetts)
Plymouth (Plymouth County, Massachusetts)
Cambridge (Middlesex county, Massachusetts)
Maine (United States)

Record Details

Material Type

photograph albums
black-and-white prints (photographs)
platinum prints

Subjects

Travel
Family
Clambakes
Picnics

Descriptive Terms

Cambridge Commandery
Maine
Boston, Mass
Maude and Company
Savage ( Salt Lake city , Utah)
Ironmonger (Santa Catalina, CA)
Slocum ( San Diego, CA)
Public Garden, Boston, MA
St. Augustine, Florida

Description Level

Item

Location Note

photo albums # 157,158