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City College Photographic Class Album 1855

Published by The free academy, 1855
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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An extremely early photographic class album.The Free Academy, (later City College) of New York."Free Academy souvenir" New York, 1855. Contemporary full black morocco, spine & upper board ruled & lettered in gilt, 4to. Contains 31 salt print photographs, (oval, about 89mm at the largest diameter), plus autographs & sentiments.The first 13 pages have autographed sentiments from their president of City College, Horace Webster, and a number of professors. This is followed by 31 leaves with the salt print portraits of graduating students, mounted within a printed border & with facsimile signature of the subject. Each image has a tissue guard and an additional page on which classmates wrote sentiments to the album's owner, Walter Brinckerhoff, Jr, whose name is stamped in gilt on upper board.Some laid-in material; "Merit Roll, New York Free Academy", July 1854 printed by E. O. Jennins, and4 duplicate salt prints. Rebuked with portion of original backstop laid down; boards lightly bumped along the edges. Some light foxing, some edge fading to a few of the salt prints.Extremely early photographic portraits of higher education graduates in the United States. An experiment in higher education for the masses & one of the first tuition-free, municipal colleges in the uS, the Free Academy of New York opened in 1849. 17 young men graduated its first commencement exercises at Nibble's Garden in 1853. By 1870, a division for women, eventually named Hunter College, was added to educate teachers for the growing public school system. This album includes written sentiments by notable professors Horace Webster, Walcott Gibbs & Charles Edward Anthon. A few students of note are also present; Elihu Dwight Church was a partner in what became the Arm & Hammer Baking Soda Firm.He was also a collector of Americana; Everett P. Wheeler was prominent lawyer & civic reformer & a founder of the New York Bar; Charles B. Hayes was a sergeant in the Muscatine County Volunteers; & Henry A. Post was a colonel in command of the 2nd Regiment Sharpshooters from 1861-1863. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-17861308013

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Title: City College Photographic Class Album 1855

Publisher: The free academy

Publication Date: 1855

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good

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