LORD - ROLFE - CONDLIFFE - REEVES. A Victorian carte-de-visite photograph album containing 49 CDV cards and one silhouette all relating to the Lord family, located primarily in Kent, plus extended families including Condliffe, Rolfe, Ralph, Reeves, Rogers, Boyer, and Duddy. At the front of the album is an index with handwritten entries of he sitters. A good proportion of the portraits are by Kent photographers (n.b. Ramsgate, Hastings, Canterbury, Gravesend, Maidstone), and others from locations including Truro, Liverpool, Buxton, London, and Cleveland ,Ohio. On page 17 is a cut silhouette of a gentleman listed in the index as "My father". The CDVs are contained in a leather album (5 x 6 inches) with onlaid decorative mother-of-pearl covers with raised central motif, and with brass clasps. One piece of mother-of-pearl is missing from the top cover, but several from the bottom cover. The leather spine is very worn, with splits to the joints (tape repair to inside top cover). The album comes with numerous copies of census records. Such well annotated photograph albums are hard to find, and are invaluable in family history research.
The album centres upon the family of Edward Lord (1831-1903) born at Sellinge (Sellindge), Kent, the son of George Lord and Mary (1798-1866). Edward is found in the census records as a tea dealer 1861 and later a grocer and postmaster in 1881. He married in 1872 Elizabeth Mary Rogers daughter of James and Mary Ann Rogers of Gwithian, West Cornwall, and they settled in Ramsgate, Kent, where they raised at least 9 children.