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


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.


Descriptive Terms

picture postcards
public buildings
squares (open spaces)
parks (recreation areas)
commercial buildings
factories (structures)
amusement parks
residential districts
black-and-white prints (photographs)

Physical Description

ca. 3,000 photographic prints : black-and-white

Collection Code


Collection Name

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

Reference Code



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)

Record Details


Thomson & Thomson (Boston, Mass.) (Photographic studio)
New England News Company (Photographic studio)

Material Type

black-and-white prints (photographs)

Description Level


Historical/Biographical Note

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.

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