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Firth Family Photograph Albums
Collection of Six Photograph Albums compiled by the Firth Family of Germantown, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1908-1923 chronicling the Travels of this well-to do- family, including Hunting Trips in Wyoming, Canada, Early Motoring Trips through Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, a Trip via Motorboat to Florida and more

Six photograph albums, with 894 photographs, with several related ephemeral items, documenting the lives and travels of this Philadelphia family in the first quarter of the 20th century. The Firth family was a prominent Philadelphia family which had married into another one, the Livezey’s, whose seat was their estate Glen Fern, in Germantown. Thomas Livezey was a miller and friend of Benjamin Franklin, and large property owner. The Livezey family sold much of their estate in the 19th century to the city of Philadelphia and it became Fairmount Park. The Firth Family lived in a palatial mansion on Allen’s Lane, before moving to the Eastern Shore of Maryland in the 1930s.

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1.     Album documenting a month-long Hunting Trip on the Upper Yellowstone and in the mountains of Wyoming September – October 1908, by Thomas T. Firth

Oblong small quarto, 62 photographs, measuring 3 ⅝ x 5 ⅞ inches, mounted on 49 black paper leaves, binding worn and scuffed, else very good. Photographs identified in white ink and include views of the mountains, encampments, game, views of Cody, Wyoming, Cody Dam under construction, party members, etc.

2.     Photograph Album Documenting Hunting Trip to New Brunswick, Canada, 1913, including Images of Native American Guides

Oblong quarto, 55 photographs, measuring 3 ⅝ x 5 ⅞ inches, mounted on 49 black paper leaves, bound in original flexible embossed binding, images identified and dated in white ink, in very good condition.


Includes images of hunting camps and cabins, in the woods of northern New Brunswick, north of Newcastle and Miramichi, game, caribou, moose, Native American Guides, etc.


3.     Photograph Album Documenting Motoring Trips to Maryland, Virginia, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Life in Germantown and the Wissahickon Valley, Philadelphia, 1918-1919

Oblong small quarto, containing 200 small snapshots, mounted on 50 black paper leaves, most subjects identified in white ink, bound in original flexible embossed wraps, string tie, some chipping to edges of leaves, else very good.


4.    Photograph Album Documenting Family Motoring Trips to Florida, New Jersey, The Pocono Mountains, and the Adirondacks, 1919-1920

Oblong small quarto, containing 329 snapshots mounted on 48 black paper leaves, most images identified and dated in white ink, bound in original flexible paper wraps, string tie missing, binding worn, some chipping to edges and extremities of several leaves, else very good.



5.     Photograph Album Documenting a Hunting Trip in Northern Ontario, Canada, north of Opasatika, Ontario, and South of James Bay, 1921

Oblong quarto, 87 photographs, measuring between 2 ⅛ x 5 ⅜ inches and 9 x 7 ⅝ inches,  on 41 black paper leaves, identified in white ink, several related ephemeral items mounted and laid in, bound in original cloth covered flexible wrappers, string, tie, several leaves detached, and chipped at edges and extremities, else in very good condition.

6.     Album Documenting a Trip to Florida in their boat the “Osprey”, 1922 and 1923

Oblong quarto, containing 161 photographs mounted on 47 black paper leaves, bound in original flexible embossed boards, string tie missing, some related ephemera laid in, some chipping to edges and extremities of leaves, else very good.


The route to Florida went via the Dismal Swamp Canal from Norfolk to Albemarle Sound, with stops in Beaufort, North Carolina, Cleveland, Florida, Captiva, Boca Grande, Useppa Island, Sanibel, Fort Myers, Marco, etc., and the album includes views of all these locations 


Trip taken by Thomas Firth and C. R. Firth, images document the party, views of Cochrane, Ontario, the woods, Native American Guides, the game shot, etc.