New Bedford Free Public Library

Earle D. Wilson Collection

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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