[Florida]: [ca. 1930s]. String-bound folio commercial album. Samuel Ward Mfg. Co., Boston, model "Elite V87." Approximately 16" x 11 1/2." Black leather over limp card boards. Gilt title: "SCRAP / BOOK" to front. 24 brown paper leaves holding 141 black and white, silver print snapshot photographs loosely fitted into corner mounts, primarily to rectos (and 1 verso). Several additional leaves blank. Several photos loosely laid in. Album stored in a custom fit linen covered clamshell box with leather, gilt titled label over spine. A number of mounts empty; photos presumed perished. Else contents clean; about near fine overall. Item #18578
An unusually well preserved album of Depression-era vernacular photography chronicling travel through Virginia, Georgia, and Florida, highlighted by at least 26 vivid images of a single, unnamed and rural African-American community, likely sharecroppers and likely located in Portsmouth Virginia, given visible signage. Though almost certainly taken by a white photographer, the images lack the prurience of typical tourist shots of the era and include photographs of children at play on a street, candids of a family in front of their home, and other well-considered images. Contents undated, though print qualities, dress, vehicles and signage combine to strongly suggest early-1930's. Other subjects include beach scenes, horse racing, architecture (both commercial and home), among other vacation-themed images, with both Sarasota and Key West conclusively identified by signage. An evocative record of Southern and Floridian travel with scarce Jim Crow-era images of a rural African-American community.