There are 38 photos, either tintypes or CDVs (Cartes de Visite) and they are from the early 1860s to about 1890.
The album is in good shape but the pages are stained. The photographs are also in decent shape which is surprising considering the rough life I think this photo album had.
I will be documenting and archiving the photographs over the next few months but here are a few of the camera photos I took as my first step.
For those who haven't followed me before when I rescue and preserve these old albums, my first step is always to photograph each album page with the photos intact.
Only after that is completed do I attempt to carefully remove the photographs to see what is on the back and to scan them properly.
This was one of the few photos (a tintype) that did not have writing on the album page itself. Instead it had a penciled name "Mandy (or Maudy) L. McFadden" on the front. On the back (verso) it had a sad note "Eleven mos old. Died September 15th 1878"
I will continue to update with scans and details of individuals as I remove the photos from the album and as I spend some time researching the names. Those interested will be able to follow along by clicking on the tag "Chidester Photo Album Archive" in the right hand nav bar on this blog.