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Thomson & Thomson/New England News Company photographic collection, ca. 1904-1916

PC048 (RS98303)

Description

The Thomson & Thomson/New England News Company Photographic Collection contains approximately 3,000 photographic prints. These images were the proofs from which postcards were eventually manufactured. Many of them display evidence of manipulation. Although there are no original negatives, many copy negatives have been made as a result of the active use of these materials.

The emphasis is on the commonplace, or, what visitors might encounter while walking through one of these locations. The range of subjects encompasses public buildings, town squares, parks, business blocks, playgrounds, factories, amusement parks, beaches, and residential streets. Many towns and cities in Massachusetts and several in New Hampshire are represented, including: Abington, Amesbury, Arlington, Barnstable, Bourne, Braintree, Brookline, Cambridge, Chatham, Chelsea, Concord, Dorchester, Dover, Easton, Everett, Falmouth, Framingham, Gloucester, Harwichport, Lexington, Malden, Melrose, Natick, Norwood, Plymouth, Quincy, Sandwich, Saugus, Somerville, Tisbury, Walpole, West Roxbury, and Woburn.

Source: Guide to the Library and Archives, 9.

Details

Collection Name
Thomson & Thomson/New England News Company photographic collection, ca. 1904-1916
Collection Code
PC048
Dates
1899-1921
Physical Description
ca. 3,000 photographic prints : black-and-white
Collection Type
Photographs
Description Level
Collection
GUSN
171305
Reference Code
PC048

Historical/Biographical Note

These two Boston firms published postcards from approximately 1904 to 1916. Their products pictured the most up-to-date features of many towns and cities in Massachusetts and several communities in New Hampshire.

Source: Guide to the Library and Archives, 9.

Record details

Originator
New England News Company (Photographic studio)
Thomson & Thomson (Boston, Mass.) (Photographic studio)
Descriptive Terms
amusement parks
beaches
commercial buildings
cookware
factories (structures)
parks (recreation areas)
picture postcards
playgrounds
public buildings
residential districts
squares (open spaces)
Material Type
black-and-white prints (photographs)
Places
New Hampshire (United States)
Amesbury (Essex county, Massachusetts)
Brookline (Norfolk county, Massachusetts)
Cambridge (Middlesex county, Massachusetts)
Concord (Middlesex county, Massachusetts)
Dorchester (Boston, Suffolk county, Massachusetts) [neighborhood]
Everett (Middlesex county, Massachusetts)
Framingham (Middlesex county, Massachusetts)
Malden (Middlesex county, Massachusetts)
Somerville (Middlesex county, Massachusetts)
Lexington (Middlesex county, Massachusetts)

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