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Collection Description

Mrs. Jobs appears to have been the wife of Thomas A. Jobs, a lawyer who was secretary of the Flint Idaho Mining Company at the Rising Star mine. Although the Jobses moved to Flint in 1884, the first date on a photograph in the collection is 1886, and the scrapbook is dated 1887. All but one of the loose photographs are cyanotypes (bluish coloring), and most of the given dates (on the backs) appear to be in 1886. The confirmation certificate is dated 1906 and was for their daughter Margaret, in Arizona, where Thomas eventually became a judge.

All but one of the photographs pasted into the scrapbook have a sepia color and were probably produced by an albumen print process, which the Eastman Museum calls the ""dominant print method in the 1850s-1890s."" The albumen (from egg whites), which eventually discolors to brown, is responsible for the color. The photographs are of people, tents, buildings, and landscapes in and around the general Flint area, annotated in Mrs. Jobs' handwriting. Flint became a ghost town and was quite remote at the time, but due to the mining operations (silver and antinomy, lead and copper, with a little gold) the Idaho Northern Railroad stopped there and could have brought photographic supplies.

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