The C. Murray Album
In July 2010, a great friend of mine gifted me with an antique photo album she has had for many years. She acquired it in an antique store and has no knowledge of who the people in the album were. I promised her that I would treat the album as though it were my own, and that these were my own family members.
The album is in very good condition considering its age. Most of the photos date from the 1880s and 1890s. It has a wooden front piece with a metal emblem that is held in place with tiny nails. At one point it was gilded or silvered. The emblem says “ALBUM” with vines and floral embellishments on it. The spine is worn down to the base of the fabric, and likely was velour or velvet at one point. The back is also worn down to the base fabric. It was originally red or orange. The clasp is still working. The album is about 8″ x 10″ by 2″, fairly standard for Victorian era photo albums. It has 15 pages. The first 13 each have an opening for a cabinet card, with the opening surrounded with tan floral embellishments. There are 26 cabinet cards. The last two pages each have openings for CdVs, totaling 16 more spaces, however there are only 4 CdVs in the album.
After about four or five months work, I have finalized my research in this photo album and summarized it here. This is the Streeter Family album, likely owned by Grace Streeter Smith. Although there are many family members in the album, the sad fact of life is that many of the family lines may have died out. It was a tremendous honor to have been gifted with this album and to continue on as its caretaker. Learning about the family through research and networking has been quite fulfilling.
January 24, 2017 – quite a lot has happened with research over the ensuing years since I started this blog. Through dogged research and the contribution from readers and friends, we have learned so much about this family! To get just a glimpse into the family history, click the link in the paragraph above to go to the summary of information. I will be updating that in just a few minutes as well with some new details and answers to some nagging mysteries.