Thursday, February 2, 2012

Sepia Saturday 111: Photographs with Dogs

The photo I have chosen today is from the collection of the Ashfield (MA) museum collection of Howes Brothers glass negatives.



Some of the children are holding pets, and I am sure there is a dog there.

From the Ashfield Museum website: "The Howes Brothers photographic collection consists of over 23,000 glass negatives. The photographs were taken between 1882 and 1907. These photographs are a valuable resource for historians interested in this period.  The three Howes brothers were natives of Ashfield. ...  by 1886 Alvah and his brother Walter toured as itinerant photographers. In 1888 Alvah opened a studio in Turners Falls. Alvah employed various assistants, and his youngest brother George was sometimes one of them."

They had to sell their photographs, so there are pictures of families in front of their homes, school groups, factory workers, and so on.  It's not know for sure, but the invention of roll film and the box camera probably ended their career.

I feel a close connection here, as my great grandmother and grandmother grew up in Ashfield.  I don't think the Howes brothers took any photos of the family however.


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Viridian

14 comments:

Little Nell said...

There’s absolutely got to be a dog in there - why wouldn’t there be? That’s a huge building; is it just one house - or a farm building I wonder?

Kristin said...

The little girl on the far left is holding a little dog. I expected to see a much, much bigger one!

Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy said...

That is wonderful picture! The horse certainly stands out fine. This is very interesting, about the business and techniques of early photography.

Thank you so much for your visit,

Kathy M.

Bob Scotney said...

The boy in the centre is holding either a dog or a very large cat; its legs give the game away. Fine old photo.

Wendy said...

Pictures of little kids trying to hold on to a wiggly dog are always so funny.

Rob From Amersfoort said...

I would say that the boys in the middle and on the right are holding cats and the girl on the left a doll? What a huge house!

Christine H. said...

There's so much going on here, and I love that they included the horse in the picture.

Karen S. said...

It's like they brought everyone right down to all the animals and even a horse, from town....the group is all there, proud as can be! A very nice photo to treasure!

Teresa Wilson Rogers said...

What an amazing old family photo - it's got a little it of everything!

Sheila @ A Postcard a Day said...

I would guess the girl on the left is holding a dog. Maybe that's why the cat in the centre is trying to escape. I think it's a cat.

Linda@VS said...

The people and pets in this photo are very interesting, but I love that enormous house. It has so much character.

Mike Brubaker said...

A fine photo. The building looks more of an inn or boarding house. A promotional photo?

Jo said...

What a lovely long porch on that magnificent building. I can't make out what the little girl is holding, but I think the little boy has a dog. Jo (imagespast.wordpress.com)

aqui bautista said...

Great! Such a wonderful photo.
myrtle

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