The Tupper Scrapbooks

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Arab with three wives and two servants (Egypt)

Arab with three wives and two servants (Egypt)

Fold3 has a wide variety of military documents, records, and photos, but have you explored its non-military collections? One of these collections is the Tupper Scrapbooks, from the Boston Public Library Collections. These scrapbooks are full of photos from England, Venice, Egypt, and Switzerland at the end of the 19th century. From landscapes to street scenes to portraits, these tourist photos were purchased by William Vaughn Tupper on his family’s travels through Europe and Africa during 1891 to 1894 and were compiled into albums to document the trips. Many of the scrapbook pages were annotated by Tupper and provide valuable information about the content of the images.

The following are a few examples of the fascinating photographs you can find in the Tupper Scrapbooks. They give us a glimpse into what life was like in these popular tourist locales 120 years ago.

Climbing the pyramids

Climbing the pyramids

Swiss milkman

Swiss milkman

View of gondolas and gondoliers (Venice)

View of gondolas and gondoliers (Venice)

A street scene in Venice

A street scene in Venice

Explore more of Tupper’s photographs on Fold3. Or find others of his scrapbooks here or here. Or read a bit more about the scrapbooks here.