I’ve been holding off on this post assuming that the new owner might be wanting to show it off in one of the monthly pick-up threads. I haven’t seen anything so here I go…
A few weeks back I surf’d across the below pictured Gravely & Miller “Our Navy” album on eBay. It literally stopped me right in my tracks. A Gravely & Miller Album? I have never heard of an album issued by Gravely & Miller. Possibly a new find? Could it be chalk full of images from the highly sought after, rotund, Fancy Playing Cards series? Oh wait…Our Navy…probably not.
So my fact-finding began. I pulled out my ACC and flipped through the “A” Tobacco Albums section. A&G, Duke, Goodwin, Kimball and so on. No Gravely & Miller listed. Interestingly enough, Allen & Ginter did publish an album titled “Our Navy” (designated as A22). In the preamble of the Tobacco Album section there is a reference to “See also non-insert albums in Section 4”. Ah, I thought to myself, this must be where it’s listed since G&M never published a navy ship tobacco card series. So I find the non-insert albums section (categorized as G150-G159), but once again no Gravely & Miller listed.
Hmmm. Ok, so I put away my ACC. Time to utilize my on-line resources. First stop was the Net54 Tobacco Album gallery. Nothing. How about a Net54 thread search? Nothing. Todd’s site? Nothing. Google? Nada.
I then decided to make contact with the seller. From the pictures I couldn’t figure out if the album was 100% intact, all pages attached to the binding, etc. The seller responded “All pages are intact. It’s a single sheet, folded. All images on one side, and attached at one end as is typical with 1800s view books”. Huh? Maybe with view books but not with tobacco albums. I decided not to place a bid and watched the listing close for $233.
So what’s your take? Unlisted tobacco card “A” series album, unlisted “G” series non-insert album, typical Victorian era view book, or other?