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Victorian photograph albums

The pages from these photograph albums belonged to the Blaggs and Masefield families of the Cheadle solicitors firm Blagg Son & Masefield, for which Staffordshire Record Office has a large archive collection, and also some personal family items. The poet and writer John Masefield was a relative of this family, his own father being a solicitor in Herefordshire. The other belonged to a client of the Coopers’ solicitors firm in Newcastle-under-Lyme, dated 1897, possibly connected to the Smith family of Great Fenton. The attractiveness of the albums shows how important families thought the collecting of family photographs was, the status of the families, and also reflects the fact that photography was still a relatively new pastime, and most photographs were taken in professional studios.