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Friday, September 23, 2016
Lester family babies
LaRC Manuscripts Collection 518 is a grouping of family papers (1869-1944) from the Lester family of Binghamton, N.Y. It is made up of numerous family photographs, predominantly formal individual portraits but also travel photographs, post cards, death announcements, a wedding invitation and other items of social ephemera. Most items are mounted in a large ornate bound album, and a few twentieth-century photographs are in envelopes. Most of the mounted photographs are uncaptioned, so not a great deal is known about the identity of individuals, but funeral notices show
that Herbert W. Lester died Nov. 26, 1894 (aged 20 years), and Richard
W. Lester died April 20, 1895 (aged 51 years). Photographs were made in
studios in various places including Binghamton, Chicago, and Milwaukee.
The elegant album primarily highlights the family's adults and a few children or small groups, but the creative arranger of the volume organized a double page to feature babies.
Caption: Lester family papers, (Manuscripts Collection 518) Box 1. Images of items held in the Louisiana Research Collection may not be re-published without permission.