Friday, July 9, 2010

Brand New Thing: Jackson 5's Private Photo Album

Ah, the J5 product sleeve, chock full of beautiful things you could order through the mail in the early 1970s. This version of the product sleeve made its first appearance with the Maybe Tomorrow LP, and was included in every subsequent Jackson 5 release, as well as the solo albums made by Michael, Jermaine, and Jackie.

Let's take a look at one of the items included on the back of the product sleeve, the Jackson 5's Private Photo Album. For those of us kids who were hungry for photos of The Five, what could be more enticing?

What You Ordered

What You Got

Okay, the first thing you'd have noticed when you got this in the mail was that it was smaller than expected -- not much bigger than a Jet magazine, and there were just 22 pages total. All of the pictures were printed in black and white on cheap paper stock. Your first reaction would likely have been disappointment. But then you opened it up, and found those 22 pages contained nearly 60 rare photographs that you had never seen before. And most of them were so rare that the J5's Private Photo Album was the only place you'd ever seen them. Here are some sample pages to give you an idea of what it's like.

And what's a family photo album without the embarrassing photo you wouldn't want your friends to see?

All in all, it's one of the top three collectibles from the product sleeve.

Overall Fan Satisfaction:
(Jackson 5)


  1. LOL, I love that diving board picture. That's terrible. That seems like it would have been worth it for the pictures. Some of those I still hadn't seen before.

  2. Beautiful. And thanks a lot for sharing that J5Collector, I often sat back with my J5 albums in my hands wondering what all the fantastic J5 stuff advertised on the inside sheet was like. I guess that's what happens when you're not born in the right country and discover things about 20 years later.

  3. Well, they are rare, but they are out there, Dannie. The problem is, most dealers don't know what they have when they sell them, so you have to be able to recognize them yourself. It helps to know what you're looking for so I hope this blog will help other collectors find some of these rare items.

  4. I LOVEIT! So nice to see in-depth, those product sleeve things. I used to hope Motown would sell their style of clothing! I poured over that sleeve for years, with my mouth watering, yet never sent away for anything. Wonder why they didn't also have albums, or at least offer some of the varied tour programs.