Photographic Album pages documenting Massachusetts and Maine locations

Date

ca. 1888

Location Note

album # 287

GUSN

GUSN-322953

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Description

A photographic album (disassembled by donor) documents locations in Massachusetts and Maine during the late 1880s. This album of 112 pages with black and white images of various sizes, but mostly 8 1/4 x 6 1/8 contains images of historic homes (both exterior and interior views) in Malden, Boston, Walpole, Marshfield, Nantasket Beach, and Lexington. The album also documents Brant hunting on Monomoy Island (Cape Cod) and hunting in Maine including hunting camps, lumber camps, and photos of hunting shanties as well as groups of hunters. Of particular interest is the photograph of a group of individuals acting as "Mrs. Jarley's Wax Works". This humorous play was published in 1873. Mrs. Jarley, a character form Dickens" The Old Curisoity Shop", is a proprietor of a travelling "Wax Works" show. Performances of "Wax Works", where life-size wax figures depected famous people, were popular. There were many performances of this play during the late 19th century. See articles in attached folder.
Also of note in this album are the two pictures of the Bussey Bridge train disaster on March 14, 1887 in Roslindale, Massachusetts. Articles describing this horrible disaster are included with the album.
The three photographs of children are notable for their dress and the one including a doll carriage with doll.

Details

Descriptive Terms

landscapes (environments)
hunters (people)
interior views
exterior views
historic houses
waxworks (sculpture)
lumber camps
hunting lodges
trains (vehicle groupings)
doll carriages
children (people by age group)
pets
photograph albums
black-and-white prints (photographs)

Additional Identification Number

album number 287

Physical Description

Photograph album pages with black and white images

Collection Code

PC009

Collection Name

Photograph albums collection

Date of Acquisition

2016

Reference Code

PC009.287

Acquisition Type

Gift

Places

Cambridge (Middlesex county, Massachusetts)
Malden (Middlesex county, Massachusetts)
Boston (Suffolk county, Massachusetts)
Wellesley (Norfolk county, Massachusetts)
Walpole (Norfolk county, Massachusetts)
Monomoy Island (Barnstable county, Massachusetts) [island]
Roach Pond (Aroostook county, Maine) [lake]
Marshfield (Plymouth County, Massachusetts)
Nantasket Beach (Plymouth County, Massachusetts)
Lexington (Middlesex county, Massachusetts)
Fitzwilliam (Cheshire county, New Hampshire)

Record Details

Material Type

photograph albums
black-and-white prints (photographs)

Subjects

Hunting
Children
Historic House

Descriptive Terms

Mrs. Jarley
Waxworks
train disasters
hunters
interior views
historic houses
exterior views
lumber camps
hunting lodges
doll carriages
children
pets
Boston & Providence Railroad

Description Level

Item

Location Note

album # 287

Arrangement

Arrangement

Album was disassembled by owner and the resulting pages are numbered in the order received.