Digital Commonwealth

Earle D. Wilson Collection

New Bedford Free Public Library

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The photograph series within the Earle D. Wilson Collection contains over 700 images accumulated by New Bedford newspaperman, theater manager, and radio personality Earle D. Wilson (1894-1976) over the course of his career. Many of the images were acquired for use in “Remember?,” a nostalgia column written by Wilson for the New Bedford Standard-Times that featured old photographs of the city and surrounding regions; people in various occupations, from soldiers to bricklayers; parades; sports teams; and special events. Other photographs relate to the family of his wife, Marjorie Hathaway Wilson (1894-1977). These are predominately portraits of members of several prominent local families, including the Hathaways, Durfees, Nickersons, Russells, and Crapos, made in a variety of 19th-century formats, including daguerreotypes, ambrotypes, tintypes, and cartes de visite. The collection also includes commercially produced scenic stereographs. Among the photographers represented are Headley & Reed, Matthew Brady, Underwood & Underwood, Henry Smith, Edward G. Tallman, Wolfstein, Francis J. Denby, George Parlow, and Alfred Hill.

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