n.p., n.d., 1910. The 14 photographs in this album were undoubtedly produced by a professional photographer, using a large format camera. The pictures are well composed, sharply focused, and unusual in their scale. They picture a family in leisure-time activities such as hunting, gathering leaves, and observing caged rabbits. Especially noteworthy is their time at a lake cabin, and visiting Twin Cities sites. The cabin is a fine Victorian piece of gingerbread, with a wrap-around porch ideal for napping and reading. The wife/mother is seen holding a copy of the periodical American Motherhood, which was published 1903-1919, making it possible to date these images around 1910. The family includes twin boys, one of whom is seen, in the same picture, reading a copy of the children's magazine Buster Brown. What appears to be a stuffed squirrel appears in three of the images. The album contains 14 beautifully toned photographs, including one in which the oldest child assists a workman possibly making maple syrup. Seven loose prints accompany the album (one duplicate). Among these are three pictures made at Fort Snelling and Minnehaha Falls, suggesting that the family either lived in the Twin Cities, or visited there. While the identity of the photographer is unknown, there is a clue to the heritage of the subjects. Laid into the album is a newspaper clipping about one Marvin Hughitt (1837-1928), upon his retirement from the Chicago and Northwestern Railroad in 1925. It is possible that the family in these photographs were descendants of Mr. Hughitt, with the mother or father a likely grandchild. This is an unusually nice album of family photographs.
(Inventory #: 49372)
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