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Has anyone ever heard of a manufacturer of CDV albums by the name of Amand Plaut? I was going through an 1860s CDV album the other day and discovered a CDV-sized advertising card loose within its pages. The orange card has a patriotic engraving of an American Eagle with "E. Pluribus Unum" across it, along with the words "Amand Plaut, Manufacturer of Photographic Albums, New-York."
I had not heard of this album manufacturer before, nor did I find much info doing a Google search except that in the 1880s Amand Plaut was a manufacturer of flannel shirts at 18 Mercer St. and later 32 Howard St. in NYC.
The CDV album that I found the Plaut card inside of is called "The American Photograph Album" and instead of having the typical embossed leather covers common to the period, it instead has thermoplastic covers like a Union case. Because the Plaut advertising card was loose, and not inserted into one of the CDV slots, I have no way of knowing if the CDV album is indeed a Plaut album or not.
Here's a link to a very similar album, with the same name, on Alan Griffiths' Luminous-Lint website:
If anyone has any information on Plaut or can confirm what type of albums he actually manufactured and sold, I would be most interested to find out.
Cheers and thanks,