[Photo Album and Scrapbook]: Young Atlantic City, New Jersey Poet

[Atlantic City: 1920].

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Hardcover. Oblong octavo. Measuring 11½” x 8½”. Quarter cloth with paper covered board with “Real Live Memories” and multicolor designs with the year 1920. The album contains 22 silver gelatin photographs measuring between 1¾” x 2¾” and 4¼” x 6¼”, with captions, more than two dozen programs, handbills, party invitations, and ticket stubs. Also present are two cabinet cards and four loose mounted photographs, measuring approximately 3” x 6”. Very good with moderate wear to the boards, age-toning and water damage to a half dozen pages; the photographs are overall near fine with some light foxing on the loose images.

A photo album and scrapbook kept by writer and poet Anna May Land Butler of Atlantic City, New Jersey. Land appears to have created the album upon her graduation from Indiana Avenue School in 1920 and her entry into high school at the State Normal School in Trenton. The album opens with a hand-drawn illustration of a boat at seas with her name below, followed on the next page by a four-line poem inviting others to look inside: "I may not look like much without / As most good things doth see, / But if you thru my pages Scout / You'll find that I'm a scream!!!"

The photograph shows Land with her sister and various friends. A group of boys are captioned, “Three B Vamps,” while three of her girlfriends are called, “Les Trois Soeur.” Other pictures show her father in a baseball uniform and her mother in the garden with a friend. There is also a large photo of who appears to be Medal of Honor-winner Henry Johnson in uniform caption in the negative, “Our First Colored Hero of the World War.” The two accompanying cabinet cards appear to be of Land’s mother Edith Jones as a young woman, while other loose photos of an older woman, an older man, a man on horseback, and a car are unidentified.

The remainder of the album includes Land’s eighth grade commencement program and athletic certificate, party invitations, and programs for various Atlantic City Theaters such as the Globe, Nixon’s Apollo, and the Royal movie theatre which she captions: “My Favorite Spot – “A.M.E. Royal.” There are also programs for performance by the Oriole Glee Club titled “The Realms of Minstrelsy” and a “Lincoln and Douglass Celebration” at Union Temple where her father John W. Land recited a poem “A Nations Travail.”

A nice collection of images from of a young African-American woman from Atlantic City, New Jersey. Land later published several volumes of poetry and co-wrote a book about the famous diving horse at the Steel Peer.


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Item #446977 [Photo Album and Scrapbook]: Young Atlantic City, New Jersey Poet. Anna Land BUTLER.
[Photo Album and Scrapbook]: Young Atlantic City, New Jersey Poet
[Photo Album and Scrapbook]: Young Atlantic City, New Jersey Poet
[Photo Album and Scrapbook]: Young Atlantic City, New Jersey Poet
[Photo Album and Scrapbook]: Young Atlantic City, New Jersey Poet
[Photo Album and Scrapbook]: Young Atlantic City, New Jersey Poet
[Photo Album and Scrapbook]: Young Atlantic City, New Jersey Poet
[Photo Album and Scrapbook]: Young Atlantic City, New Jersey Poet
[Photo Album and Scrapbook]: Young Atlantic City, New Jersey Poet
[Photo Album and Scrapbook]: Young Atlantic City, New Jersey Poet
[Photo Album and Scrapbook]: Young Atlantic City, New Jersey Poet
[Photo Album and Scrapbook]: Young Atlantic City, New Jersey Poet
[Photo Album and Scrapbook]: Young Atlantic City, New Jersey Poet
[Photo Album and Scrapbook]: Young Atlantic City, New Jersey Poet
[Photo Album and Scrapbook]: Young Atlantic City, New Jersey Poet
[Photo Album and Scrapbook]: Young Atlantic City, New Jersey Poet
[Photo Album and Scrapbook]: Young Atlantic City, New Jersey Poet
[Photo Album and Scrapbook]: Young Atlantic City, New Jersey Poet
[Photo Album and Scrapbook]: Young Atlantic City, New Jersey Poet
[Photo Album and Scrapbook]: Young Atlantic City, New Jersey Poet
[Photo Album and Scrapbook]: Young Atlantic City, New Jersey Poet