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Contents of Album #1

Vintage Albums and their contents: This first album has 14 thick cardboard leaves (28 pages – vertical layout). There is room for 24 cabinet cards and 16 Cvds.
I do not know the origin of this album, except that it was bought about 15 years ago at an auction sale here on PEI.  It contains  a collection of 13 cabinet cards and 3 CvDs and a small cut-out from a post card.

I first photographed every page, to make sure that the photographs corresponded with the right names, even after I took them out. This will ensure that I do not mix up the photos.
Unlike previous photo identification, this task was slightly a bit more challenging. I do have names to go with the pictures, I do not know where these pictures came from. I only know that all these pictures have a common thread – here on PEI – one person that was the keeper of this album.
The challenge will be to figure out who this person was.
If I were the keeper of this album, I would logically put in the people first that were closer related, than the pictures in the back.
(The first number represents the page the photograph was found on, the second number is the photograph number,  the highlighted yellow number behind it represents the order I was able to discover their identity.)

Daniel MacDonald
Page 1: photo 1 (12) A picture of a young boy, whose name according to the writing is Daniel MacDonald. On the back of the photograph is written: “Daniel to his cousin Mary A.” Photo was taken at LaRoche Studio, Seattle.

Page 2: photo 2 (6)
Even though there is no picture, there is a Helen Younker associated with these families. Helen Jane Matheson (1911 – 2007), daughter of Daniel Herbert Matheson (13 May 1883, Oyster Bed Bridge – 2 Apr 1963) and Lavinia Florence MacDonald (18 Feb 1884, Ebenezer – 13 Dec 1975, Charlottetown), marries Fred. C Younker

Page 3, 4 and 5 are empty (no photographs, no names)

Rev. George Arthur, MD

Page 6: photo # 3 (7)

 Photo of a young man with the name George Arthur. Photograph was taken at Notman Studio in Halifax. George Arthur, was born Sept. 12, 1866 (Lot 4, P.E.I.), the son of Gilbert Arthur & Catherine MacDonald. In 1891 he resides in Halifax as a medical student and not only becomes a doctor, but also a minister. He marries Rosa Belle McPherson (March 21, 1866 NS – 1947) and they make a home in Saskatchewan, later in Lavoy, Alberta where he dies 21 Mar 1943. Buried with his wife, their stone reads:”They Served Greatly”.

Page 7: photo # 4
Mr. & Mrs. Duckworth – photograph taken in Ward Studio, Taunton – Massachusetts.

Page 8: no picture, no name

Page 9: photo # 5 (9 + 10)
Venie Murray (left) – Lavenia “Venie” Adelaide Murray, a music teacher, born Jan. 3, 1880 in Charlottetown, daughter of John Archibald Murray (1858-1919) and Mary “Minnie” Ann McLure (1863). She died June 20, 1944 in Mass. USA. In Boston, on June 24, 1902 Venie married David Hamilton (right ), who was born March 19, 1875 Quebec. He died May 20, 1954 in Quincy, Mass.
Center: May Profit, 
Photo taken in Boston, Massachusetts

Mr. & Mrs. J.M. Campbell
Mrs. J. M. Campbell & Harold

Page 10 and 11: photo # 6 + 7
Mr. & Mrs. J. M. Campbell
Mrs. J. M. Campbell + Harold

Ambrose Wise

Page 12: photo # 8
Ambrose Wise – photograph taken at G. H. Cook in Charlottetown, P.E.I.

Page 13, 14, and 15 – no photos, no names
Page 16: No photograph, name Ambrose Wise

Donald MacKay

Photograph was taken at  
C. Lewis, Charlottetown, P.E.I.

Page 17: photo # 9 (4)
Donald MacKay (Jan. 13, 1836 – Jan. 2, 1895) was a store keeper, fish merchant and political figure in PEI. He represented 2nd Queens in the Legislative Assembly of Prince Edward Island from 1876 to 1886 and 1890 to 1893 as a Conservative member. He was born in New London, PEI, the son of Donald McKay, a Scottish immigrant. He was a justice of the peace, a commissioner for Small Debt Court and a member of the board of Railway Commissioners.
He was defeated when he ran for reelection in 1886 and 1893. McKay died in Oyster Bed Bridge at the age of 58. On Feb. 17, 1861 Donald married Jane Matheson, daughter of John Matheson and Catherine McMillan, born April 28, 1839 on Glasgow Road, and died before 1891 .  They had one daughter, Janet Isabel born in 1873.
In 1895 Joseph Gallant acquired the Oyster Bed Bridge store which had belonged to the late Donald MacKay.

George P. & Isobel Matheson

Page 18: photo # 10 (5)
The names are George P. Matheson and Isobel Matheson (referred to on the back as Mrs. W. M. McRae) 
George Philip Matheson (Feb. 29, 1876 – Sept. 30, 1966, Wheatley River) married Mary Anne MacDonald (15 Sept. 1878 , Ebenezer – Nov. 5, 1975 ,Wheatley River).
George’s sister Mary Isobel (Dec. 28, 1877, Ebenezer – Aug. 3, 1952 Charlottetown) married William Matheson McRae.
Their parents were John Matheson (Aug. 8, 1842, PEI – Feb. 14, 1916 – married abt. 1868 to Jane Rebecca Blatch (Dec. 20, 1840 PEI – Jan. 26, 1926) 

Jenny & Donald Matheson

Page 19: photo # 11 (6)
Pictured here are Donald Leslie Matheson (June 30, 1890, Oyster Bed Bridge – 1906 (age 16)) and Janet Phyllis McD. “Jennie” Matheson (31 Mar 1892, Oyster Bed Bridge ) They were the 2 oldest children of Charles Lemuel Matheson (Oct. 4, 1854, Oyster Bed bridge – 18 Dec. 1932, Oyster Bed Bridge) and Martha Isabel Dixon (Apr. 1, 1865, Royalty Junction, PEI – Nov. 24, 1954, North Milton).
Photograph was taken at  
C. Lewis, Charlottetown, P.E.I.

Page 21: empty

Maria Blatch
Maria Blatch
Page 20 & 22- photo # 12 + 13 –  (1 + 2)

2 photographs with the same person: Suzannah Mariah Blatch was born Nov. 2, 1870 on P.E.I. – the daughter of Philip Robert Blatch (Dec. 6, 1838 P.E.I – April 23, 1894) and Catherine Matheson.
Sometime in 1899 she joined her sister Catherine Jane “Kate” in Rochester, Monroe – New York, where they were boarders at the same address (204 Main Street – Rochester) until 1902.
On Sept. 24, 1902, at the age of 32, Maria  married John L. Schmidt (later changed to Smith) in Rochester, NY. John was form German parentage, and made his living as an instrument maker for an optical company. They had 2 children, Robert B. and Ina B. Smith.
The pictures of Maria and Katie Blatch were both taken in Rochester, New York – at the “Studio of A. L. Lehnkering, 208 East Main Street , opposite Whitcomb House, a block away from their boarding house.

Katie Blatch

Page 23: photo # 14 (3)

Catherine Jane “Katie” Blatch was born December 22, 1868 on P.E.I., the older sister to the above Marie Blatch. In October 1889 she arrived in Boston, Mass., and from there made her way to Rochester, New York, where she worked as a domestic for many years. At the age of 41, on Nov. 29, 1909 she married the 47 year old George William Emmons, the son of John Emmons and Keziah Rockefeller. George was a carpenter. This was a first marriage for both of them, and they had no children. After the death of her husband in 1917 at the age of 54, Katie moved in with her sister Maria.

Page 24and 25: empty

Page 26:
photo # 15 (8)
Mary Anne MacDonald (15 Sept. 1878 , Ebenezer – Nov. 5, 1975 , Wheatley River), daughter of Norman MacDonald and Elizabeth Robina Bolt. She married George Philip Matheson. 

photo # 16 (11)
William Howard Green (1872-1953) son of Mary Anne MacDonald and John Garmen Green. He was married to Clara Artur (1874-1947), daughter of James Albert Arthur and Aleica Sarah Murray.

 

photo # 17
taken in Bridgeton, New Jersey

 photo #18

Page 27 and 28: empty

Read further: “The Connection” (coming soon)

Vintage Albums and their Contents

I bought 2 vintage albums on Facebook Marketplace.
The seller said, she had bought thee 2 albums about 15 years ago at a local auction sale, here on PEI.
Both albums were in decent condition, both made for cabinet cards and CdVs.
Cabinet cards were a style of photograph which was widely used for photographic portraiture after 1870. It consisted of a thin photograph mounted on a card typically measuring 6.5″ (16.5 cm)   by 4.25″ (10.8cm)
The carte de visite (CdV) was usually made of an albumen print, which was a thin paper photograph mounted on a thicker paper card. The size of a carte de visite was 5.4 cm (2.125 in) × 8.9 cm (3.5 in) mounted on a card sized 6.4 cm (2.5 in) × 10 cm (4 in) – I guess these were the old fashioned wallet size pictures.

Album # 1

Album # 1
Light green cover, embossed with a floral pattern, as well as the word “Photos”. Partial copper latch on the front (back and closure are missing)
The spine is made of fabric, and still carries a few remaining strands of a once thick, dark green velvet.
It measures 10.5″ (27cm)  x 8.5″ (21cm) x 2.25″ (6cm ) with 14 thick cardboard leaves (28 pages – vertical layout). There is room for 24 cabinet cards and 16 Cvds.

Album # 2

Album # 2
Antique Victorian Photo Album is covered in maroon colored velvet. The pile has worn off of most of the album and it is quite worn around the spine, edges and corners.
There are 12 leaves (24 pages – horizontal layout) and will hold 44 standard cabinet cards and 12 CDVs. There are several frames that that have a tear in the frame paper. 
It measures about 12″ (32cm)by about 9″ (23cm) by about 2 75″ (7cm)thick.
The front and back hinge are both there, however the latch is missing.

Read further:
Contents of Album #2

Lesson to be learned: Identify the photographs you have. Once you are gone, no one will know who they were.
Use a photo safe marker or pencil and write the names on the back of the photograph as well, as well an estimated date or occasion picture was taken.ci

Read further:
Contents of Album #1
Contents of Album #2

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