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Photo Albums

While many have grown up with photo albums in their family households, displaying pictures of them as a child or of relatives, the precise history of the photo album is difficult to trace. Its popularity grew from that of scrap books, which consisted mainly of objects that one might deem important or worth remembering before photography was invented.

Rise in interest in the photo album illustrates photography's shifting role from a commercial commodity to a personal one. Its growing popularity throughout the 19th century can be linked with the popularity of portraits as well as the fact that photography was increasingly being made available to amateurs. The photo album presents the perfect way for the amateur photographer to create and present their photos to others, and today, vintage photo albums are a popular collection item.


Quick Facts

  • When albumen prints were replaced with POP prints in the 1880s, photographs no longer needed to be mounted onto a firm secondary support and hollowed card albums were replaced with simple pages
  • A leather-bound photo album with photographs of James Brown and his band during the mid-'60s sold at Christie's New York in July of 2008 for $8,125
  • A photo album made up of 54 black and white snapshots of U.S. Secretary of State for Defense Robert McNamara visiting the armed forces in Vietnam in 1962 sold at Sotheby's New York in October of 2012 for $3,750

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An impressive photo album from the Holy Land. Paris, early 20th century
Dec 05, 7:00 PM IST
An impressive photo album from the Holy Land. Paris, early 20th century
by Dynasty
Est: $0- $0
$2202 Bids
LARGE LOT OF 1860S - 1870S PHOTO ALBUMS AND CASED IMAGES.
Dec 13, 9:00 AM EST
LARGE LOT OF 1860S - 1870S PHOTO ALBUMS AND CASED IMAGES.
by Morphy Auctions
Est: $400- $500
$2252 Bids
Leporello mit 36 pornographischen Photographien.
Dec 01, 10:00 AM CET
Leporello mit 36 pornographischen Photographien.
by Zisska & Lacher
Est: €0- €200
€1001 Bid
Wagga Views
Dec 02, 11:00 AM AEDT
Wagga Views
by Sydney Rare Book Auctions
Est: AUD150- AUD200
AUD1201 Bid
Photograph Album of Scottish Scenery
Dec 07, 10:00 AM EST
Photograph Album of Scottish Scenery
by Caza Sikes
Est: $30- $50
$101 Bid
1910 Holden Family Album
Dec 02, 11:00 AM AEDT
1910 Holden Family Album
by Sydney Rare Book Auctions
Est: AUD200- AUD300
AUD1601 Bid
TRAVEL ALBUM OF TURKEY.
Dec 09, 1:00 PM CET
TRAVEL ALBUM OF TURKEY.
by Arenberg Auctions
Est: €200- €300
€1001 Bid
Photochrome album. Jerusalem, [1910]
Dec 05, 7:00 PM IST
Photochrome album. Jerusalem, [1910]
by Dynasty
Est: $0- $0
$1201 Bid
Antique Photographic Album
Dec 04, 10:00 AM MST
Antique Photographic Album
by Monarch Auction and Estate Services
Est: $0- $0
$101 Bid
Several Photo Albums 1930's to 1950's
Dec 08, 10:00 AM CST
Several Photo Albums 1930's to 1950's
by Matthews Auctions, LLC
Est: $0- $0
$251 Bid
PHOTO ALBUM ITALY.
Dec 09, 1:00 PM CET
PHOTO ALBUM ITALY.
by Arenberg Auctions
Est: €200- €300
€1001 Bid
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Autori vari, Album con 77 fotografie di autori vari: Egitto e alcune vedute di città europee. [1870-1880].
Dec 01, 2:00 PM CET
Autori vari, Album con 77 fotografie di autori vari: Egitto e alcune vedute di città europee. [1870-1880].
by Gonnelli Casa d'Aste
Est: €1,500- €3,000
€1,5000 Bids
Album
Dec 16, 10:00 AM CET
Album
by Kiefer Buch- und Kunstauktionen
Est: €60- €90
€600 Bids
Album
Dec 16, 10:00 AM CET
Album
by Kiefer Buch- und Kunstauktionen
Est: €140- €200
€1400 Bids
Album
Dec 16, 10:00 AM CET
Album
by Kiefer Buch- und Kunstauktionen
Est: €120- €180
€1200 Bids
PHOTO ALBUM CONGO.
Dec 09, 1:00 PM CET
PHOTO ALBUM CONGO.
by Arenberg Auctions
Est: €150- €200
€700 Bids
PHOTO ALBUM OF TUNESIA.
Dec 09, 1:00 PM CET
PHOTO ALBUM OF TUNESIA.
by Arenberg Auctions
Est: €80- €120
€400 Bids
Europa - Konvolut - Ca. 30 Photographien (Albuminabzüge) von
Dec 01, 10:00 AM CET
Europa - Konvolut - Ca. 30 Photographien (Albuminabzüge) von
by Zisska & Lacher
Est: €0- €240
€1200 Bids
Italien - Einsteckalbum mit 49 Photographien (Albuminabzüge),
Dec 01, 10:00 AM CET
Italien - Einsteckalbum mit 49 Photographien (Albuminabzüge),
by Zisska & Lacher
Est: €0- €280
€1400 Bids
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Alfred August Noack [attribuito a], Album celebrativo del IV Centenario della Scoperta dell'America, Genova 1892.
Dec 01, 2:00 PM CET
Alfred August Noack [attribuito a], Album celebrativo del IV Centenario della Scoperta dell'America, Genova 1892.
by Gonnelli Casa d'Aste
Est: €2,500- €5,000
€2,4000 Bids
ALBUMS WITH POLITICAL AND PARTICULAR PERSONALITIES.
Dec 09, 1:00 PM CET
ALBUMS WITH POLITICAL AND PARTICULAR PERSONALITIES.
by Arenberg Auctions
Est: €150- €200
€700 Bids
ALBUM OF 54 VIEWS FROM BRUSSELS, GERMANY, SWITZERLAND, AND THE NETHERLANDS.
Dec 09, 1:00 PM CET
ALBUM OF 54 VIEWS FROM BRUSSELS, GERMANY, SWITZERLAND, AND THE NETHERLANDS.
by Arenberg Auctions
Est: €300- €400
€1500 Bids
"ALBUM-SOUVENIR. L'INSTITUT ST-FRANÇOIS-XAVIER "EN EXIL" PENDANT LA GUERRE MONDIALE 1914-1918".
Dec 09, 1:00 PM CET
"ALBUM-SOUVENIR. L'INSTITUT ST-FRANÇOIS-XAVIER "EN EXIL" PENDANT LA GUERRE MONDIALE 1914-1918".
by Arenberg Auctions
Est: €200- €300
€1000 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Photo Albums


Gonnelli Casa d'Aste

Gonnelli Casa d'Aste

Zisska & Lacher

Zisska & Lacher

Arenberg Auctions

Arenberg Auctions

Berliner Auktionshaus GmbH & Co. KG

Berliner Auktionshaus GmbH & Co. KG