Small pocket Photo albums

agfa-isopan-17-dinSome time ago I just wondered what I would have done when I would be on leave as a soldier during the Second World War. I sure would have taken pictures of places I had visit or taken pictures of army buddies as I have done in the beginning of the 90’s. And when my film role would be full, I would had it developed in a Photo store or drugstore or chemist’s just the same. And then showed them in small pocket Photo albums.

Soldiers during the Second World War did just the same. They took pictures with their cameras and had those films developed at the nearest drugstore or photo store. A bit different as nowadays with our digital cameras.

Relaxed: Rather than appear invaders, these German soldiers fiddle with a camera like tourists and appear to be have a guidebook lying nearby

Relaxed: Rather than appear invaders, these German soldiers in Paris fiddle with a camera like tourists and appear to be have a guidebook lying nearby

 

Anyway, the next question came in mind was, would I get those pictures back in a paper cover with the negatives or was it different in those days then in the early 90’s?

Small pocket Photo albums made of paper

Well yes, to answer that question, there were those paper covers where you got your photos and negatives in, but there were also small pocket photo albums. And these small pocket albums got my attention. So I started to look on the internet and found a couple of those small pocket photo albums and started to collect them.

Small pocket Photo albums

You received these small pocket Photo albums with your developed photos and negatives. They varied in sizes, from 11 x 8 cm to ca. 15 x 10 cm. And on the cover you would find the name of the Photo store or drugstore where the photos were developed.

Pages of the small pocket Photo albums

These albums contained 8 to 24 pages with pre-cuts to place your photos in between (as seen on the photo above). Mostly the pages were made from grey/black photo paper, but some had also off white pages. And these albums were in land-scape. The sizes of photos did vary from 6 x 8 cm, 6 x 9 cm to 11,5 x 7,5 in these albums.

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More luxurious small pocket Photo albums

There were more luxurious pocket Photo albums available too, of course, but those you had to buy and were slightly bigger as the paper ones. And those albums came in different sizes too. The cover was mostly made with a piece of cloth or linnen and the album was bound with a piece of string. And the grey/black pages either came with of without the “Spider web” Paper.

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These albums had a size around 20 x 14,5 cm and you could put photos to the size of a postcard in them. Well a bit to big for your pocket, but it would sure fit into your small pack or tornister with your personal items.

Wouldn’t it be nice to possess one of those small pocket Photo albums in your pockets with photos from previous events, or such a luxurious pocket Photo album? This way you can add some more accuracy to your act. Ie. as a German re-enactor you can choose between the German, French or Belgium version. Or as a British, Canadian or American re-enactor you could have a French or Belgium one in your pockets. Just remember your First-Person Impression. I am already reproducing several albums for the shop.

2018-10-30T14:17:16+00:004 January 2016|Blog|1 Comment

One Comment

  1. Staff Writer 3 February 2016 at 7:17 am - Reply

    Interesting. I can’t say I’m familiar with the smaller pocket versions, but I’m sure I’ve seen the string-bound booklets before. And I immediately remembered the ‘spiderweb paper.’ My maternal grandfather was in China for some of the war. Unfortunately, his photos are mostly quite poor, though whether that’s due to the available film stock in the area, local developing, or what, I don’t know.

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