Acquisition No.: 2014-08AB
Title: Photo Album - Kuhn Family, Victorian Era, No. 2 of 2.
Item History:

This photo album is No. 2 of two that were recovered from the George and Esther Eck Kuhn/Marie Kuhn/Mary Esther Kuhn estate. The three generations of Kuhns and their ancestors lived just north of Bonneauville, PA. George's wife Esther was an Eck before marriage. This album was likely from the Eck family and inherited by Esther at a later date. (For Eck references see Cat No's. 2001-02, 2004-06, 2013-87, 2014-08F and others.)

This album, No. 2, sports an embossed and padded red velvet cover with a rose theme. The material has become faded and worn with time. In thin metal, the ornately scripted word "Album" was once attached to the front cover.

Typically early photo albums and the portraits therein contained were unmarked. This album is no exception. The fact that it was stored in the Kuhn family attic for nearly a century, facial recognition, and brief notations, gives a good indication as to the identity.

The types of photographs include tintypes, cabinet cards, carte de visite, real photo postcards, and paper photos. The numbers below indicate all markings on the photos including both studio advertising and personal notes. All hand-written markings on backs of photos (which are minimal,) are in quotes and italicized.

Photographs 1, 3, 4, 6 through 14, 16, 17, 19, 20, 22, 23, 25, 27 and 29 - Mumper Studio, Gettysburg, PA.

2, 5 and 18 - Tipton Studio, Gettysburg, PA. *

15 and 21 - Reger, Altoona, PA.

18 - "Frank Eck, F H E, Mr V B ?" Note: The Eck family has a long history of residency in Adams County and the Bonneauville area.

24, 26, 30, 31 and 32 - unmarked photos.

33 - "Eight photographs for one dollar, at Hersh's Gallery, New Oxford, Pa."

34 - S. G. Sheaffer - Hanover, PA.

35, 36, 37, 38 - Unmarked tintype photos.

* W. H. Tipton of Gettysburg is one of the best known early portrait photographers in the United States. He is most well known for his prolific early Civil War Battlefield photography.

A random sampling of photos are shown below.

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Location: Case IX
Acq. Date: 5/22/14
Acquired from: Mary Esther Kuhn
Type: collection