Guide to the Chestnutwood Photo Album Collection (1888) – Contents

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One (1) Box

Series Scope and Content Summary

This collection consists of one (1) large 16 ½”x13 ½ ”x3 ½” leather bound photo album dating from c.1888. The photo album features a cover embossed with a pattern of poppy flowers and dragonflies with a geometric border and gold metal hinges. A pattern of swirls decorates the back cover. The spine of the album is cracked, rendering the binding fragile. The back cover has some tape to aid in holding it together. The inside front cover features a notation in script stating “Presented to J.A. Chestnutwood by his class of 1888.” Inside the album are approximately one hundred thirty-eight studio portraits total. One hundred thirty two of these photos measure 4×6” while four (4) are oval shaped portraits (approx. 4×4”) and two are small 3×3” photos. Photos are mounted in frames within the cardboard pages of the album. Photos are black and white bust-style portraits of men and women shot from the shoulders up, or feature the individual(s) standing or seated amongst props in a studio setting. Some of the photos feature autographs in ink or captions in pencil identifying the individual. There are twelve (12) unoccupied spaces for photos in this album indicating that these spaces were either not occupied by photos or the photos (mostly oval shaped) are either absent or missing from their frames. Four (4) photos complete with cardboard frames are loose in the pages. Some identified individuals include: Ida Miller, Santa Cruz; J. Secara (or possibly Sears), Modesto; Jep Toft, Miola S. Townsend;Jessie A. Joyce, H.J. (?) Wood Templeton; O.G. Brundage, Farmersville, Cal.; R.G. Codoni; O.F. Tucker Templeton; U.M. (?) Hawler , Paso Robles; R.A. (?)New–,Oakland; C.O. Goold (?), Paicines; E.R. Hoffman; U.S. Holmes, San Miguel; G.W. Barnett, Coleville; G.W. (?) Hope, Borden, Cal. Some identified photography studios include: McKean &Ort 125 Pacific Ave. Santa Cruz, Ca; Grove Santa Cruz, CA; Novelty Studio 282 Pacific Ave. Santa Cruz, CA; and Smith 1055 Broadway, CA.

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