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Vintage Photo Albums and Scrapbooks

African American  Heritage Photo Albums  

One of the richest areas for study of African-American social history are the photographs contained in personal papers and manuscript collections.” (SOURCE:  Negro History Bulletin,  Oct-Dec, 1996  by Donna M. Wells) The oldest type albums (about 1860) were usually made of cloth or embossed leather, with numerous adornments (painted insets, porcelain knobs, brass and sometimes gold latches)  and housed either tintypes or albumen photographs.  Each page was a very heavy card stock with a thin paper backing.  There was usually a slot that allowed the photographer to slip the print or tintype into this pocket.  The front was cut out just to the image area allowing the viewing of the photograph.  This style of album would remain popular into the next century. 

In the 19th century, most of the photographs that were printed on paper, were printed on a very thin paper stock.  They were usually mounted on a thicker board to prevent curling or cracking of the photograph.  With the turn of the century, photographs were being printed on a much heavier stock.   Because the print itself was more stable, the prints were able to be presented in a scrapbook type of album.  These albums frequently had black pages and the collector or photographer identified these images  using a quill type pen with white, opaque ink.  (SOURCE:  http://genealogy.about.com/library/authors/ucmishkin2a.htm)


Insights Into African American Scrapbooks 

Scrapbooking is a method for preserving a legacy of written history in the form of photographs, printed media, and memorabilia contained in decorated albums, or scrapbooks. The idea of keeping printed materials of personal interest probably dates to shortly after the invention of printing. Similarly for photographs. Historically, scrapbooking was a tradition similar to storytelling, but with a visual and tactile, rather than oral, focus (SOURCE

African Americans made scrapbooks for their communities to take note of history that was not appearing in books; political activists and politicians recorded their campaigns and speeches in scrapbooks. Scrapbooks can be found in many varieties and were constructed around a wide range of conventions. Scrapbooks became an intimate world or a “second self”. Now,  we make web site bookmarks and favorites lists, but nineteenth century Americans made scrapbooks to save articles, poetry, and fiction that mattered to them. (SOURCE)

In addition to the collection of photographs, tickets, postcards, and other ephemera and  memorabilia, journaling is often a principle element in modern scrapbooks. Journaling is the writing that describes, explains, or accents the photographs on a scrapbook page. Contemporary journaling is often reflective and story-like, or can take on a more reportive tone. Journaling may also include song lyrics, quotes, and poems. The value of journaling lies in the fact that it provides an account of family histories that may otherwise not be preserved. Handwritten journaling is considered best by some scrapbookers who see handwriting as valuable for posterity. (SOURCE)

How to View Detailed Photos of Many-paged Ephemera and Memorabila Items  
  1. In the labonnevivante.com product menu, click on the link below the site-hosted photos of item (e.g., wedding album) you are reviewing.  You will be redirected to an archive hosted at flickr.com,  containing the full photo complement.
  2. You will see a mosaic comprised of thumbnail images.
  3. To view a slideshow of all images, click the slideshow icon  above and to the right of the mosaic.
  4. To view images individually, simply click the thumbnail in the mosaic. Clicking the “all sizes” icon above the photo will enable you to see the image at each available resolution.  To the right of the larger image that will pop up, is a blue box with arrows to assist you in navigating through the archive photo by photo.
  5. Return to the product on the labonnevivante.com webpage, and place your order.  You will be automatically redirected to your shopping cart and checkout.
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