Yankee Publishing Collection, 1890-1939

Collection Type

  • Photography

Date

1890-1939

GUSN

GUSN-171310

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Description

The Yankee Photograph Collection features more than two thousand negatives dating from the 1890s to the 1930s and includes views of New England cities and towns, historic houses, landscapes, covered bridges, famous people, disasters, and activities of daily life. Many are from the collection of Alton H. Blackington (1893-1963), a photojournalist and author who worked as a news photographer for the Boston Herald and later operated his own service offering illustrated lectures and commercial news photographs. Many more negatives are by the landscape and portrait photographer Martha Hale Harvey (1862-1949); others are by unknown photographers.

The Yankee Photograph Collection includes numerous images of New Englanders engaged in various occupations--fishing along the Atlantic coast, stonecutting in Maine, tending stores throughout New England, logging in the Waterville Valley of New Hampshire, and harvesting crops--cranberries in the bogs of southeastern Massachusetts, potatoes in Aroostook, Maine, and strawberries in Falmouth, Massachusetts.

Source: Lorna Condon, "The Yankee Photograph Collection," Old-Time New England, volume 73, no. 260 (Fall 1995)36-39.

Details

Descriptive Terms

stonecutters
fishing
farms
photographs

Physical Description

ca. 2,000 items

Collection Code

PC053

Collection Name

Yankee Publishing Collection, 1890-1939

Date of Acquisition

1994

Reference Code

PC053

Acquisition Type

Gift

Record Details

Originator

Yankee Publishing Incorporated (Publisher)
Blackington, Alton H. (Photographer)
Harvey, Martha (Photographer)

Material Type

photographs

Description Level

Collection

Historical/Biographical Note

Historical/Biographical Note

During the 1960s Robb Sagendorph, the publisher of Yankee, acquired the negatives to build an in-house repository of photographic images that could be used by Yankee's editorial staff. After extensive use in the late 1960s and early 1970s, demand for the images dwindled, and the negatives were moved into a cellar and soon forgotten. In the 1980s Lorna Trowbridge, librarian and archivist at Yankee Publishing resurrected the collection and catalogued it. In the fall of 1994 Yankee Publishing, Inc., recognizing the importance of the collection to scholars and researchers, donated it to SPNEA, now Historic New England.

Source: Lorna Condon, "The Yankee Photograph Collection," Old-Time New England, volume 73, no. 260 (Fall 1995) 36-39.