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Photograph Album

Purple velvet with zinc embellishments, currently on display in the parlor

Donated by Friends of Rancho Los Cerritos 

Date made1880 – 1900 

This nineteen-page album showcases skillful zinc handiwork, seen on the scripted text “Album” across the front and zinc-plated closure with spring mechanism. Along the back of this album are four brass bosses which serve as feet when it is lying on a flat surface. Inside, the pages have gilt edges with a layout which holds one to four images on each side of a page. Currently the album still holds its original photographs.

Below are 2 photographs found inside the album

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Tintype Photograph from 1867. 

Hathaway sisters, Left to Right: Susan, age 20, Martha, age 22, Margaret, age 24; seated, Mary, age 18. 




Harry Llewellyn Bixby I and his grandfather, the Rev. George Whitefield Hathaway 

Photograph taken by F. Parker, Los Angeles, circa 1880. 

Ink inscription on back: Happy New Year to Hab’s boy from…Martha N. Hathaway…January 1, 1923.