Photo Record

Object Name Scrapbook
Catalog Number 2016.001.002.a-i
Description a:
Photograph album or scrapbook, cover is cardboard overlaid with black material, the spine secured with two metal screws. The front bears the word "Photographs" impressed at top left and the name "NELLE BURNETT" in gold at bottom right. On back is a company insignia, "PEERLESS ALBUM". Image content seems to be from the early decades of the 1900s. Unfortunately these are glued onto the pages, allowing no access to any information that may have been written on the backs.

This album has about 40 black paper pages, most displaying sepia tone photos of a medium size, more snap shots than formal poses. The photographs are varied among people and places. Many individuals are youthful, and places are primarily in the Chattanooga area, except for some in North Carolina. Among the subjects are elegant homes, sports, a grave marker for "ANTHONY", and a flood. There are exceptional views of homes, clothing, hair styles, transportation, community events, sports, and everyday life. Two exceptional scenes are Chattanooga in flood, early days of the national park battlefields, a downtown parade, and swimming in the Tennessee River under the Walnut Street Bridge. A very old sepia photograph of a one room log cabin and lean-to in a sparsely forested field is featured alone on the first page.

These were items found loose within the scrapbook.

A WWI era post card from "Bob", a soldier in France, to Miss Nelle Burnett (owner of the album above at (a) ), 605 McCallie Ave in Chattanooga, TN. A date of Sept/Oct 1918 is indicated. The message, hand written in black ink script, is of a nature among friends. The single 2 cents postage stamp is a reddish square with profile of George Washington. There are two hand stamped markings in black ink, one cancelling the postage and the other showing that the correspondence "PASSED" a censor. Any other print on the postcard is in French. On front is a sepia tone, panoramic view of the Eiffel Tower.

Photograph shows a youth in his twenties wearing dress clothes: a 1920s Boater Straw Hat, white shirt & patterned tie, pocket watch/fob on chain, belted long slacks. He is pushing a wheelbarrow with a humorous look on his face. On back in pencil is "2882".

This small sepia print shows two teen girls, possibly outside of their school. They are likely wearing matching school athletic uniforms. The white blouse has long sleeves and a collar over a long, narrow dark tie. The dark, full skirt falls to just above the knees. The dark socks are knee length with white, lace-up athletic shoes covering the ankles. On back in pencil is "12".

This sepia print may well be set on a college campus, with a 1920s car and institutional buildings in the background. Three girls are shown leaning against a short fence and appearing to sit on each others shoulders. Sporting curly bobs, they are dressed in rather athletic clothing: lace-up shoes, high socks, and knickers. One wears a shirt & tie, while the other two have team letter sweaters. Stamped on back in purple ink is "46" and business information for "ENGLERTH PHOTO SUPPLY CO."

This small sepia print is an outdoor setting in a residential neighborhood, with no leaves on the trees. Three girls are sitting on a low brick wall, the third barely visible on the right. They are possibly college age, and wearing everyday clothing likely of the 1920s. On back in pencil is "12".

This small sepia print shows three young women in a treed outdoor setting with rough terrain under foot. They seem dressed for a walk in calf length skirts, sweaters, hats, and ankle length lace-up shoes. Each shows something in hand, perhaps a flower picked. On back in pencil is "12".

This sepia print is of a young woman and a baby, perhaps 6 months old. They are in everyday dress, seated in a wicker chair by a curtained window. The background is very dark, barely visible a bookcase along with two framed items on the wall.

A small trimmed photograph of a woman holding a baby.
Date 1900-1925 circa
Dimension Details a) 7.00" x 10.00" x 1.00"
b) 3.50" x 5.50"
c) 2.25" x 3.25"
d) 2.00" x 2.50"
e) 2.75" x 4.50"
f,g) 1.75" x 2.50"
h) 2.25" x 4.25"
i) 1.50" x 1.00"
Accession number 2016.001