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1944 & 1948 The American Annual of Photography Books
During the 1930's through the 1950's taking pictures was a great pastime by children and adults of all ages. These two American Annual of Photography Books are dated 1944 and 1948. During the 1940's most of the pictures were taken with black and white film partly because color film was very expensive. Each book captures fantastic photos taken by some very famous photographers and shows why a simple picture, if taken the correct way, can become a masterpiece on black and white film. Listed below is each book, it's condition, and items of interest found throughout the book:
1.)The American Annual of Photography dated 1944, Volume Fifty-Eight; This beautiful hardcover book is edited by Frank R. Fraprie, F.R.P.S., and Franklin I. Jordan, F.R.P.S.; It was published in Boston by American Photographic Publishing Co. and the Chapman and Hall, LTD., of London; There is a great story and photos by Ansel Adams titled A Personal Credo, 1943, which appears on 10 pages; There are photos and articles on photography by: E. Lind (Manchukuo), Rutherford Platt, Jack Wright, Arthur Palme, John H. Vondell, H.H. Sheldon, R. Fawn Mitchell, Adolf Fassbender, Carlton E. Dunn, Harvey S. Pardee, and Frank R. Fraprie; There are 206 pages with outstanding black and whie photos along with 37 pages showing wonderful advertisements; Measures 9 7/8" long x 7½" wide x ¾" thick; **Condition: The front and back covers are in fair+ to good condition with tiny to small gray spots on the front cover, light soiling to the back cover, bumps at all the corners, and at the top and bottom of the spine. **Inside pages: The inside pages are in very good condition, very clean and bright.
2.)The American Annual of Photography dated 1948, Volume Sixty-Two; This fantastic soft cover book is edited by Frank R. Fraprie and Franklin I. Jordan; It was published in Boston by American Photographic Publishing Co. and the Chapman and Hall, LTD., of London; There are photos and articles on photography by: Frank R. Fraprie, John W. McFarlane, Herbert C. McKay, Jack Wright, Albert E. Marshall, Raymond J. LeBlanc, Edwin Ruthven Walker, William Steeple Davis, and Thomas H. Miller; There are 216 pages with mesmerizing black and white photos along with 43 pages showing great advertisements; Measures 9¾" long x 7½" wide x 5/8" thick; **Condition: The front and back covers are in fair+ to good condition with cream colored wear marks on the front cover, light soiling to the front and back covers, wear to the spine, a 1" tear at the bottom of the spine, a crease mark at the bottom right front corner, bump at the top right front corner, large crease mark across the top left back corner, tiny crease mark at the bottom left back corner, and a tiny tear along the bottom edge of the back cover. **Inside pages: The inside pages are in good condition with a ¾" and ½" tear along the bottom edge of the first inside page, minor chipping along the right edge of the first 14 pages, large crease mark and soiling to the last inside page, and a tiny crease mark and minor soiling to second last page.
What you'll find in each book is a wonderful appreciation for the great talent these photographers performed though their eyes and the eyes of their camera lenses. Anyone can take a color photo and say it looks great but do you have the talent to create great black and white photos? Both books gives you a glimpse of vintage black and white photography and would make a wonderful gift for the camera buff in your family.
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