ISLE OF MAN CONNECTIONS
CADMAN - DENTON - GELL - HOUSON - McBURNEY - WOOD. A Victorian carte-de-visite photograph album containing 89 CDV cards of which 83 are portraits and 5 are places (Venice and New York). 31 CDVs are by Isle of Man photographers; 15 Lancashire photographers (nb Blackburn and Manchester); an others include London, Bradford, Edinburgh and Dublin. All of the sitters are adults and nearly every one is named in pencil on the album pages, and there are 11 gaps where names are written down but the CDVs are missing. It is possible that this album is mainly a collection relating to friends of the compiler rather than being an album primarily of their own family. There are six groups of 4 to 6 CDVs all bearing the same surname. The landscape format leather album (9 x 6 inches) has a brass clasp, and the spine is damaged and repaired.
CDVs of members of the Cadman, Gell, McBurney and Wood families are particularly associated with the Isle of Man in terms of the photographers, while those of Houson and Denton are mainly taken in Lancashire.