Ellis Album

Black Ellis Album #1



This lovely black photo album was created by my great-grandmother, Blanche Octavia Huband.  It is one of four albums she created that I inherited from my Grandma’s collection.  This album is the earliest album of the four.

Scanning the entire album was fairly easy because the binding was secured using that shoelace style ribbon and metal eyelets.  All that was required was untying the bow and gently sliding each page off the ribbon.  Reassembling was slower, but still very easy and safe.  Nothing was damaged or lost in that process.  Generally, I would not recommend disassembling an old album.  However, disassembling, in this case, was safer than trying to scan each page while the album was still assembled.

Last year I scanned and shared a different album put together by Great-Grandma Blanche.  That was such a fun and rewarding project!  One of her daughters, many of her grandchildren, and many of her nieces and nephews are living so I got lots of family interaction and insights as I shared.

This album is different in that it contains primarily snapshots instead of portraits.  Because of that, I will be sharing it differently.  I anticipate sharing one or two pages at a time with the accompanying photos.  Additionally, I won’t likely edit every single photo to clean up dust and scratches.  I will most likely save those efforts for the best images.

I look forward to, and hope for, lots of family interaction again as I share this treasured album that contains photos that are more than 100 years old.

If you are a descendant of Blanche or her ancestors, please feel free to leave comments or send me an email (amberlysfamilyhistory [at] yahoo [dot] com).  I will be adding all of the scans to a Flickr photo album.  That will be the place to find the largest image files.  It will also allow you to view the album and its contents in order as a digital replica of the physical album.

Great-Grandma Blanche appears in many of the photos throughout this album along with her husband Claude Albert Ellis, her family members, and friends.

Here are a few photos of Great-Grandma Blanche that I have shared in the past:





31 thoughts on “Black Ellis Album #1”

    1. Thank you, Paul! I feel very blessed to be the current steward of my family’s collection. ❤️ ❤️ ❤️

  1. I can’t wait. I have a similar album & have been trying to figure out how to share some of the great pictures that are in it. Mine are so funny. Imagine 14 brothers & sisters in an Italian family all vying to be the center of attention. Bless my Dad for assembling the album.

    1. Haha! I bet they are delightful!! I hope you figure out a way to share them that is easy for you. ❤️

      1. Since it appears we will B home for a long time, I’ve decided to look in buying a scanner online. Would U B comfortable recommending one? And are you comfortable buying one online?
        I appreciate your kindness.
        Your cousin,
        Nancy Salimeno Jensen

        1. Hello Nancy! Of course!! I have this scanner:


          I ordered it from that website because I had a giftcard for that store. You can order it from other websites as well like amazon:


          I order online all the time without any trouble! Just be sure that you create a unique username and password for the account you create with the online store you choose. That way you are much less likely to experience theft of your financial information.

          I have used older models of this same scanner that were also great. Good luck choosing!

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