Album 77: Kirby
In 2003 I purchased another orphaned antique Photo Album. The owner's name was inscribed inside the front cover
Maude M. Kirby
Of course I couldn't leave it in the antique store so it came home with me. The next day I started documenting and researching to see if I could find the family whose pictures were in this beautiful album.
It's been a challenge. There are very few names written in full, instead I found tantalizing references written on the backs of some of the photos: "Lillian and Baby Donalda", "4 Generations", "Mother is 76 years old and growing younger every day" But no surnames! No hint of the relationship to the writer or the album owner.
After carefully removing and photographing all 120 photographs, I made a list of each one. I entered full details - photographer's name, location photo taken, any writing on reverse of photo, estimated time period of photo (based on visual clues such as clothing, hairstyles, type of photograph etc)
Some CDVs were from English photographers and one was from Brantford Ontario Canada. Since I purchased the album in Ontario, I had a hunch the album started its life in England and then came to Canada with family.
This was such a happy ending story for me and I was privileged to be part of it! I'm so glad I didn't pass that album by, which I admit I almost did as it was rather expensive. But I kept returning to it in the store and I knew I had to have it
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