The photographs themselves are tintypes. (The back of one is exposed and is magnetic.) Online research revealed that these gem-sized photographs were easily obtainable after about 1863. The pictures were printed in multiples and then cut apart. They were affordable for people who were not well-to-do.
Our albums have at least one duplicate picture. Perhaps they belonged to siblings. Aside from the style of dress, the initials “MS”, and the fact that the albums seem to have been manufactured in New Bedford, the only identification clues are that two of the children’s first names were labeled – one is (perhaps, the writing is difficult) “Lucie” and the other is Sarah. We will be showcasing the portraits in these albums in our Unidentified Pictures pages, hoping to learn more over time. If you can help us with dating or identifying the pictures, please contact us.