Early 20th Century Rochester, NY and Surrounding Area.
[Rochester, NY]: [1905-1912?]. Family photograph album circa 1905-1912. Contains 310 b/w photos of varying sizes affixed to 17 leaves + rear pastedown. Moderate wear, photos of varying quality although all in VG condition or better; gift inscription. Good.
Gift inscription dated 27/6/05 addressed to "Uncle Fred" from his nephew Sinhubert(??), though we speculate the latter is perhaps a nickname or a joke, and that the nephew is in fact Charles Townsend and the uncle Fred Priddle. The nephew is likely the subject of many of these photos, a young man of good humor often shown clowning around with friends and children, who in one picture stands sadly next to the gravestone of one Ann and Alfred Priddle. Research indicates that these were the parents of Frederick Priddle, an English immigrant who became a grocer in Rochester, NY, and whose English nephew, Charles Townsend (1879-?), is listed as a resident of his home in the 1905 census; one of the photos shows Charles in a grocery clerk's uniform with stalls of fruit in the background.
Scenes include locales in and around Rochester, a large waterfall (Niagara?), two children in blackface playing banjos, and many portraits of friends and family looking Victorian/ Edwardian.