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Catalog Number 1964.268
Object Name Album
Date c. 1895
Description This is a set of 2 photograph albums. Both have hard, dark brown covers. The interior pages are cardboard and the photographs are sepia or black and white. #1964.268 has "Photographs" on the cover, while #1964.268a just has a simple design. The binding on #1964.268 is partly held together with a shoe string, but whatever held the pages together is missing.

#1964.268 is marked in pencil inside the front cover "Copy I" and #1964.268a is marked similarly "Copy II Album patented 1895".

There is an enclosed paper purporting to be "Descriptions of the Photographs in Homestead Album". It then lists what appears in the 14 photographs, showing different parts of Judge J. Lawrence Smith's house. This list appears to have been created in 1976 , as it references changes from these photographs to 1976.

This list matches mostly matches the contents of #1964.268, but has 3 not listed. #1964.268a has most of the same photographs, including the 3 not listed. It has labels underneath many of them as well, which #1964.268 does not.

Image #1 shows the 3rd image in #1964.268, which is the northeast view of the house, apparently taken pre-1880s. The 1850s kitchen is on the right, with the well also visible. Image #2 shows, picture 8 in #1964.268, "'Grandma's Room'...(later ballroom)". The notes indicate that the Chippendale chair pictured there is a Van Rensselaer family heirloom and is now in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.