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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