Vintage 19th century Carte de Viste photograph re-purposed inside contains blue writing paper, mulberry paper covered back and spiral bound with copper wire.
So much history packed in this little notebook a little research shows photographer E. M. Ensminger was in business in Ashland, Ohio in 1862. The 2¢ revenue stamp was used from 1862-1871. A revenue stamp for what was considered “old paper.” A phrase for a number of different papers were grayish-white, thin, un-watermarked, and brittle but held ink well. Carte de Viste photos were printed on thin paper and mounted to a board.
Watermark on left side of photograph which isn't surprising after making it's way for roughly 150 years.