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Vernacular Photograph Album of Scenes in the Denver, Colorado area circa 1890-1900
Oblong quarto, album containing 120 photographs, mounted on 24 card stock leaves, bound in original ¼ leather and cloth covered boards, some minor rubbing and wear to covers, some insect abrasions to cloth of rear board, else very good. The images measure generally 4 x 4 inches and 3 ½ x 3 ½ inches.
The images in this vernacular album are quite interesting and document life in a small town apparently located near Denver, Colorado. It documents the family life of an unidentified family and includes scenes of domestic life, hunting scenes, a small town parade, including Native Americans watching it, views of this small western town, both interior and exterior views, including shop and store fronts. The photographer clearly had much to learn about developing as there are many images which are faded, or blurred, there were also anomalies in negatives of several images, however there are many useful and interesting images documenting small town western life. The parade images include a scene with wagons including one with a decorated wagon extolling the Roller Flour Mills, and its president Stephen Knight, and the Pioneer Iron & Wire Works, per census data, both companies were located in Denver, which is also where Knight resided. Buffalo are also featured in the parade.