The Otto C. Thompson family photograph album (16.5cm x 30cm) contains 130 photographic prints taken from September 14, 1898, to 1916. The album covers are missing. Pictures are pasted one or more to a page, and most are captioned. The majority of images were created from 1898-1913.
The photographs depict middle-class life in the Midwest with portraits and views of urban and rural scenery, family and business activities. Included are views of downtown New Albany, Indiana in the early 20th century, and views of two of the city's Presbyterian churches. Other locales include Lafayette, Indiana; Borden, Indiana; and Mitchell, Indiana. Of particular note are a group of three images showing the exterior, interior, and signage of Otto C. Thompson's gramophone dealership at 107 East Main Street. A page of notable portraits of men includes a mail-carrier and a hunter with ammunition belt. Other portraits show Sherley Thompson as an infant and toddler, children bathing in a washtub, and photographs of various individuals family groups taken outdoors, sometimes doing farm work or posing by houses. A large group appears gathered around an early automobile and another posed at the time of a funeral. Other vehicles pictured include an interurban electric car in a snowy winter landscape, paddlewheel riverboats, and steam trains in motion along the countryside and emerging from a tunnel. A group is shown riding a miniature train in front of St. Louis Union Station. Some images feature farm animals such as horses, cows, pigs, sheep, and chickens, and others were taken during the flood of 1913.