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Unidentified Photographer

The Telltale Book

Date 1911-13
Location Columbus Grove Ohio United States
Dimensions Overall: 7 5/16 x 10 11/16 x 5/8 in. (18.6 x 27.1 x 1.6 cm)
Print medium Photo-Gelatin silver

The Telltale Book's creator enlivened portraits of family and friends by creating dynamic page spreads that incorporate witty texts clipped from newspapers and magazines. An image of a man and woman is captioned "Married or going to be?", a picture of the album maker being chased by ax-wielding Aunt Ida is labeled "A narrow escape," and a stiff family portrait of father, mother, and daughter is titled "Married man's troubles." These juxtapositions create a humorous album, which, the maker noted on the album's final page, was "to be continued."

Credit line

Barbara Levine Collection, Purchase, with funds provided by the ICP Acquisitions Committee in honor of Willis E. Hartshorn, 2009

Feedback Accession No. 2009.32.36