Hardcover. Four volumes. Oblong small quartos. Colored cloth over stiff paper boards with "Kodak Souvenirs" stamped in gilt on each album. Contains 398 sepia-toned or black and white silver gelatin photographs measuring between 2" x 3" and 4" x 6" with captions. Very good albums with rubbing and worn corners with near fine photographs.
A collection of four Kodak Souvenir photo albums kept by a woman in an upper middleclass British family at the turn of the century. The albums all bear the name and address of Edythe M. Unwin who lived at Evelyn Gardens in London. The albums begin in 1900 and continue through 1903 and include Kodak snapshots of family and friends and the events and excursions they participated in. The first album takes place on a trip to Newcastle with photos of well-dressed women at a country estate, bathing in the sea, and a tea party with little girls in fashionable hats. The family also visited the 3rd Dragoon Guards and photographed the men on horseback and performing drills. One photo shows the matriarch of the family on her stomach shooting with one of the officers. The second album begins in 1902 with a trip to Lindfield, Sussex and begins with the family on horseback and later going to a horseshow. They also played a croquet tournament at an estate and posed with animals on a farm. Later in the album a trip to the continent in 1903 is depicted. They traveled by boat to Corsica and onward to Sicily where they photographed local people and landmarks. The third album is a continuation of 1903 and begins with a trip to Shepperton-on-Thames with a visit to Millbrook House. At Millbrook they are seen posed around the house as well as watching the Millbrook Polo Club match and later a cricket match. Later they visited Whitmoor cottage and went horseback riding and had dinner parties. The final album includes horseback riding and photos of the horses in their stables. Later in the album a family home is seen with photos showing the interior of the house and people posing around it.
A nice collection of amateur Kodak snapshots detailing a wealthy British family at the turn of the century.