[union City, Pennsylvania]: [1896-1906]. Item #981
7” x 10½”. Full leather over heavy boards. 18 thick card leaves with 56 black and white photos adhesive mounted both sides and four additional laid in. Photos measure 3 7/8” x 5” to 4½” x 6½”. Album good: back strip mostly perished, boards heavily worn, though leaves and boards still firmly attached. Photos generally very good, around 15 are faded, with several heavily so. An album apparently depicting small town Pennsylvania. There are no captions, but we found that another copy of the image of the “Buckfield Corners Bend [sic]” was held by an Ohio photographer who listed the place as Union City, Pennsylvania. He purchased several photos related to the band, and most had penciled notations regarding the date (around 1905 or 1906) and the place and some of his band photos also had a photographer stamp of Union City. Around 15 of the photos are bewitching, with a couple bordering on the bizarre. Several downtown scenes show rows of businesses with plenty of signage, one of which shows a portion of a parade with elephants walking on the dirt road. One interior shot shows what appears to be a book and general goods store, the shelves filled with wares; another shows men raising glasses in a bar, with bottles shelved behind them and what appear to be Vanity Fair prints above them. A crisp image shows three African American women gazing into the camera, while another shows a man in a workshop making barrels. There are also two photos that likely show the aftermath of an explosion that occurred in 1895. And then there's two that show a man wearing a bizarrely patterned coverall while holding bow-tied carnation-wearing stuffed bunny. We imagine there's a deeper story here. Enjoy the unraveling.