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Herman Parker Collection of Glass Plate Negatives, 1885-1913

Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum

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Herman Parker (1866-1946) was born in Boston, Massachusetts. He was an architect and worked as a retail clothier in his father’s firm, Macullar Parker and Company, in the early 1900s. By 1930, he lived in Marblehead, Mass., and worked as a craftsman. He enjoyed sailing and owned several boats during his lifetime. He made a small model of his yacht Jane and presented it to the Corinthian Yacht Club in Marblehead.

The Herman Parker Collection of Glass Plate Negatives contains 81 glass plate negatives in four sizes. The majority of the images were taken from his family’s summer home, "Redgate." Located on Marblehead Neck, the house overlooked the harbor toward the town side. Most photographs depict boats and yachts in Marblehead, images of his family and their summer house, pets, and a self-portrait. Also included are images of Fort Andrew (Plymouth, Mass.), the U.S.S. Brooklyn, a model of a fishing schooner, the Eastern Yacht Club, and the Corinthian Yacht Club.

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