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.
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