Small album containing 142 albumen photographs printed on 40 mounted sheets, most with four photographs to a page, depicting views from around the city of Greenville, Illinois, such as churches (including the "Colored Baptist Church" and "Colored M.E. Church"), private residences, bird's-eye views, the county jail, street scenes, storefronts, tradesmen's shops, saloons, and other establishments; the photographs interspersed with four sheets of printed advertisements on colored paper, and endpapers affixed to front and back boards containing text about the city of Greenville, the photographer, and the local newspaper. Some slight fading to some of the photographs, light toning and dust-staining. Oblong 12mo. Original cloth-backed boards with gilt lettering stamped to front cover, joined by two metal brads, some minor edgewear and very slight fraying along spine. Greenville, Illinois (Edward DeMoulin) n.d. (circa 1892).
A brief paragraph about DeMoulin to the inside front cover calls him the "leading photographer" of Greenville, as well as "one of the most progressive photographers in the State" with "one of the best equipped Studios in the Union. His reputation as an artist stands high almost all over this country." Our research did not turn up much information on DeMoulin, aside from an essay titled "Lighting and Posing in Photography" in an 1895 volume titled "Photographic Mosaics: An Annual Record of Photographic Progress", edited by Edward L. Wilson. Very scarce; as of November 2019, WorldCat finds another volume by the same title in a single North American library, but it has slightly less photographs than the present copy. Book ID: 50366