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Hand Painted Decorated Leather Photo Album Native American Style Tourist Souvenir
Here is a fabulous, UNUSED, leather covered snapshot photo album. It's cut to look like an envelope and a great string tie goes through the entire piece, with a bow on top.
This was made as a souvenir for the tourist trade in the Adirondack Mountains village of Lake George, New York. We do not know if this was made by a Native American (a common practice during the 1920s - 1930s when automobile travel and tourism were extremely popular pastimes in the North Country of New York). It may have been made by non-Native Americans in that popular style.
It could be newer than that, we just do not know, but it is definitely vintage.
This album measures 5 inches wide by 6-1/2 inches long. If you squeeze it together it is about 1/2 inch thick. The outside cover(S) are leather. The back cover is darker color, has more texture and overlaps the front brown cover.
On the front cover is stamped Snap Shots Lake George, N.Y. in very Deco style lettering !! There is also a deco looking pattern stamped into the leather around the edges. The scene on the cover is hand painted and appears to have been done in artist oil paints. An Indian wigwam sits beside a lake under tall pine trees. A full moon lights the night sky. INSIDE, the black photo pages are completely unused. They are the soft feeling black paper used so widely for photo albums in the past.
CONDITION: Some "Desk drawer grunge" from storage and age -- The covers are securely fastened, with NO rips or tears. There are a few spots and very tiny light stains on the BACK cover, but the FRONT cover looks really good. Inside both covers and on the pages facing the covers is just a little bit of spotting, nothing worse. NO rips, NO tears, NO creases, NO corner bumps and NO torn out pages.
What a really nice example of souvenirs produced for the tourism trade in New York's mountains. A wonderful Adirondack lodge type piece.
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