Digital Commonwealth

Edwin Hale Lincoln Photographs

Lenox Library Association

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Edwin Hale Lincoln was born in Westminster, Massachusetts in 1848; he eventually resided in the Berkshires. In the 1880s, his work in photographing yachts using the newly invented dry plate method led to commissions in estate photography.

His experience as a 14-year-old Civil War drummer boy led to a seventy year association with the Grand Army of the Republic. His "Wild Flowers of New England," published in 1914, was nationally known. Lesser known are the over 700 images, primarily of the Gilded Age Berkshires, donated by Lincoln to the Lenox Library Association before his death in 1938.

These photographs represent an era in cultural history, architectural history, and Lenox history.

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