Take a Picture, It Lasts Longer
Robert Saxton, ed., Mental Photographs: an Album for Confessions of Tastes, Habits, and Convictions. New York: Leypoldt & Holt, 1869.
Bound in blind and gold stamped purple cloth, the album’s contents consisted of sets of forty questions, all printed in sepia ink on facing pages, with blank spaces left to be filled in by friends and a space for a photograph with each entry. This particular copy was formerly owned by Emma Hallowell and her acquaintances have written their answers to many of the sets of questions in manuscript. Sadly, only the first respondent, Mrs. Shoemaker, provided a photograph.