From an Albany estate: 1888. Unbound. 43 of the photographs measure 6.5” x 4.5” (mounts 7” x 5”) and four measure 4” x 3” (mounts 5.25” x 4.5”). All are annotated “1888” on their reverse; two also have unrelated notes and numbers. All of the photographs are in nice shape.
The photographs show a group of family and friends (six men, five women, and one boy) posing (some with rifles), relaxing in a hammock, fishing and boating, cooking, etc. About ten show full or partial outside views of their large log cabin and outbuildings; two show the cabin interior. Several are of game and fish. One shows the group loaded into two wagons. In one, the apparent patriarch sits on a barrel outside the cabin ready to take a drink witha bottle in one hand and a tin dipper in the other. In another, the same man poses with foot on a log, tomahawk in his belt, right hand holding a rifle, and left hand brandishing a hunting knife.
Several posed photos are rather whimsical: one shows a man dressed as a burglar holding a revolver in one hand and carbide lantern in the other as he peers through a cabin window, another shows five men wearing matching plaid Adirondack jackets lined up in prison lockstep with a hand on the shoulder of the man in front. A third shows seven members of the group posing in totem pole fashion with folded hands and chins resting on the head of the person to their immediate front, and a fourth features three women with Japanese fans in a pose reminiscent of the Three Little Maids from The Mikado. Very good. Item #008964
Although the new Kodak box camera was taking the nation by storm in 1888, these photographs were all made with a large tripod mounted camera (one is shown in one of the photographs). Quite a nice grouping.