[circa 1900s]. Oblong 4to album. Black leather covers worn and rubbed; bumped at corners; significant tears and loss to spine. Contains 27 black construction paper leaves with photographs mounted recto and verso. Album manufacturer's label by The Housh Co., Boston; rear paste-down also bears a gold label from photo developer E. P. Meyrowitz Optician of New York.
Album includes a total of 130 photos, each approximately 5 x 3 inches. Each page layout designates space for three photos; several pages thus have blank rectangles lacking photos. Album cover good minus; interior and photographs very good plus. Very good. Item #23775
Early 1900s photograph album, divided into two main sections: the first half displays photos from a pre-World War Grand Tour through Western Europe, concentrating on Scandinavia, Germany, France, Ireland, with locations meticulously labelled by city and vantage point. Multiple views are devoted to lakes and fjords of Norway; the opera house and civic buildings of pre-war Dresden; street scenes of Prague, including a view of the Old-New Synagogue and the Jewish Town Hall; and images of Munich, Vienna, Neufchatel, Bâle, Paris, Chantilly, and Salisbury.
The album's second half includes images of what appear to be at least one former plantation of the May River region of South Carolina, with one building labelled "Negro Cottage / Montpelier Estate" and another "The House / Palmetto Bluff / May River S.C." Surrounding grounds, docks, stables, and 'New House for Employees In Construction" are pictured, along with several photos of dogs and human figures in repose on the estate lawns. The album's final leaves collect several unidentified views of sailing ships, seascapes, and views of a city, location unidentified but with neoclassical architecture and signs visible in Spanish.