Oblong Octavo bound photo scrapbook, 3/4 navy leather and cloth binding with gilt lettering on spine. The lettering on the spine reads: Old Pictures, W.M.Pratt Collection, W.M.Pratt. The scrapbook contains approximately 50 pages of photo and illustration clippings from magazines, as well as several photo postcards, all clippings are circa 1890-1910. It is assumed that this photo scrapbook was the personal property of the author Walter Merriam Pratt, whose published works include of The Burning of Chelsea (1908), The Maritime Provinces as seen from an Automobile (1910), Tin Soldiers (1912), Seven Generations, A Story of Prattvile and Chelsea (1930), and Adventure in Vermont (1943). Many of the clippings tipped into this scrapbook are of photos included in Pratt's published works, specifically The Burning of Chelsea which is Pratt's eyewitness account of the 1908 fire that devastated Chelsea Massachusetts. This photo collection may have been Pratt's idea book as he researched different subject matter for his writing. Clippings include illustrations and photos (cir. 1790s-1920) depicting Newport R.I.; Yale University; Saratoga, NY; Mount Washington, N.H.; Niagra Falls; Washington D.C.; San Francisco and Revere MA. Several pages throughout the scrapbook are dedicated to modes of transportation spanning the late 1700's to the late 1800's. As indicated in the foreward of The Burning of Chelsea, many of the photo clippings were taken from Leslie's Weekly a local publication as well the Utica Saturday Globe.
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