Ladies' Album, my latest 19th-century reproduction from Moda,
celebrates albums, bound and stitched, that captured women's imagination.
Women were often photographed with
albums and books, but men also created autograph albums.
Notably, albums related to the Civil War.
The Munger Album, with autographs of government officials, inscribed:
"My husband, Charles A. Munger had this book made for him and collected most of the Autographs while in the Civil War, after he had been detailed by the War Department, as clerk in the Adjutant General's Office. He enlisted in 117th Regiment N. Y. Volunteers Aug. 8th 1862. At Waterville, N. Y."
An enterprising employee at the Ohio Penitentiary
collected autographs of Confederate prisoners of war
who served under General John Hunt Morgan.
Robert E. Lee
Carte-de-visite photos of officers were popular
and many collectors gathered autographed CDV's
into photograph albums.
Lincoln's secretary John Hay kept an autographed photo album.
Album quilts were also the fashion during the war.
Here's a signature from a quilt dated 1862 in the Historical Society of the Nyacks.
See a post on this album quilt here:
Mary Hughes Lord of Nashville, Tennessee
combined two pastimes and asked politicians,
generals and other prominent men for
their signatures for her album quilt.
The silk hexagon quilt is in the collection
of the Smithsonian Institution.
Mary Hughes Lord
Read about her quilt here: