Photograph album documenting an Ohio farm family’s life including images of African-American roustabouts erecting tents for a Barnum & Bailey Circus as well as of Harry Atwood’s hydroplane rides over Lake Erie
Photograph album documenting an Ohio farm family’s life including images of African-American roustabouts erecting tents for a Barnum & Bailey Circus as well as of Harry Atwood’s hydroplane rides over Lake Erie
Photograph album documenting an Ohio farm family’s life including images of African-American roustabouts erecting tents for a Barnum & Bailey Circus as well as of Harry Atwood’s hydroplane rides over Lake Erie
Photograph album documenting an Ohio farm family’s life including images of African-American roustabouts erecting tents for a Barnum & Bailey Circus as well as of Harry Atwood’s hydroplane rides over Lake Erie
Photograph album documenting an Ohio farm family’s life including images of African-American roustabouts erecting tents for a Barnum & Bailey Circus as well as of Harry Atwood’s hydroplane rides over Lake Erie
Photograph album documenting an Ohio farm family’s life including images of African-American roustabouts erecting tents for a Barnum & Bailey Circus as well as of Harry Atwood’s hydroplane rides over Lake Erie
Photograph album documenting an Ohio farm family’s life including images of African-American roustabouts erecting tents for a Barnum & Bailey Circus as well as of Harry Atwood’s hydroplane rides over Lake Erie
Photograph album documenting an Ohio farm family’s life including images of African-American roustabouts erecting tents for a Barnum & Bailey Circus as well as of Harry Atwood’s hydroplane rides over Lake Erie

Photograph album documenting an Ohio farm family’s life including images of African-American roustabouts erecting tents for a Barnum & Bailey Circus as well as of Harry Atwood’s hydroplane rides over Lake Erie

[Vicinity of Toledo, Ohio]: Circa 1910-1913. Album. This faux leather album measures approximately 7.5” x 6” and contains 50 photographs (mostly silver gelatin but two cyanotypes as well).. The photos vary slightly in size, but most are about 5.5” x 3.5” inches. The album is identified as the “Property of Fred J Hildebrandt” inside the front cover, and six of the photos have captions. The photographs are all glued to album pages which has caused some to become a little ‘wavy.’ Although they are generally clean, a few show some light soiling and edge wear. It appears that some may have been relocated within the album. The album has some light wear; its pages are all attached, but some appear to have been tipped in. Very good. Item #009076

Public records show Hildebrandt as living in northwest Ohio in the vicinity of Toledo, and his photographs provide a vivid view of early 20th century Midwestern farm life. Images include farmhouses, barns, horse-drawn wagons and buggies, automobiles, steam tractors, cattle, ducks, horses, chicken feeding, cutting wood with a large crosscut saw, cornfields, gardens, a woodpile, family members, etc.

Of special interest are three photos of a Barnum and Bailey circus visit: one of an elephant and two of African-American roustabout gangs driving home tent stakes.

More importantly, three other photographs document a barnstorming visit of famed early aviator Harry Atwood offering hydroplane rides in his aero-yacht over Lake Erie.

A wonderful record of early 20th century Midwestern farm-life made more desirable by the inclusion of important early aviation and African-American circus images.

Price: $300.00