There must be a story here, but I haven't figured out what it is.
information, but in many cases we'll probably never know who the people were. In addition to the late
nineteenth and early twentieth century negatives, the library has a large number of Draper negatives, mainly
from the 1940s and 1950s.
The evidence suggests that the pictures were taken by Edwin Darling. Darling was a selectman from the
1890s into the 1920s. He lived at 54 Freedom Street. If you were in Hopedale a few decades ago, you may
remember the house as the home of Clarence Chilson, who operated his radio and tv business there.
Darling was the foster father of Chilson's wife, Hester.
baseball is another one of interest as one has grown up and sits with the dog a good four to five years later.
Note in that shot with them playing the old cart pulled partly across the road
Then as we look, the same woman looking at one of those yearly fashion books, so well done in these
times and costing about 10c., also note those photos on the wall - the house could be the one they are
sitting in or another earlier one.
These are very good in quality and tell many stories. Note the boots of that era with the side clasps on them
for the crisscross lacing ( first time used - crisscross, but it had to come one day ). One item missing is
those old lace collars always worn by the women so its putting the date a little in front of that era - at a very
rough guess somewhere in the 1890's, but need to study that further...
Many thanks for sending Dan, I will take another look tonight.
More photos from the library negatives Hopedale Pond Town Park Draper Company Buildings
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