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Photograph album containing 47 photographs, New Bedford, Massachusetts, ca. 1890; privately held by the Faulkner–Hull Collection, Massachusetts.
Photograph album containing 47 photographs, New Bedford, Massachusetts, ca. 1890; privately held by the Faulkner–Hull Collection, Massachusetts.

In September 2021, a photo album containing 47 cabinet card photographs was purchased at the Sandwich, Massachusetts Bazaar Flea Market. The album contained no markings to identify the original owner of the album. All but one of the photographs were taken in New Bedford, Massachusetts and several of the photographs were dated 1890.

The New Bedford High School Class of 1890

“New Bedford High School Class of 1890”; photograph held by the New Bedford Free Public Library photograph collection, New Bedford, Massachusetts; published online at Digital Commonwealth Massachusetts Collection Online.
“New Bedford High School Class of 1890”; photograph held by the New Bedford Free Public Library photograph collection, New Bedford, Massachusetts; published online at Digital Commonwealth Massachusetts Collection Online.

Of the 47 cabinet cards in the album, 43 people have been identified. Of the 43 identified, one, Ray Greene Huling, was the high school principal in 1890 and all but two graduated from New Bedford High School in 1890.1 The two that were not part of the graduating class were siblings of someone who graduated in 1890 – Cyrus Chapman Howland, the brother of Blanche Russell Howland, and Edward Slocum, the brother of Frederick Slocum.2

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Annual Report of the School Committee of the City of New Bedford, with the Superintendent's Annual Report, for the Year 1890, p. 23, New Bedford High School Graduating Exercise, 27 June 1890.
Annual Report of the School Committee of the City of New Bedford, with the Superintendent’s Annual Report, for the Year 1890, (New Bedford : Mercury Publishing Company, 1891), p. 21-23, New Bedford High School Graduating Exercises, 27 June 1890.
"Annual Report of the School Committee of the City of New Bedford, with the Superintendent's Annual Report, for the Year 1890, p. 23, New Bedford High School Graduating Class of 1890.
Annual Report of the School Committee of the City of New Bedford, with the Superintendent’s Annual Report, for the Year 1890, (New Bedford : Mercury Publishing Company, 1891), p. 23, New Bedford High School Graduating Class of 1890.
“Class of ‘90,” newspaper article, The Evening Standard (New Bedford, Massachusetts), 28 June 1890, p. 2, col. 6.
“Class of ‘90,” newspaper article, The Evening Standard (New Bedford, Massachusetts), 28 June 1890, p. 2, col. 6.
Annual Report of the Public Schools of New Bedford, Mass. 1891. (New Bedford, E. Anthony and Sons, City Printers, 1892), page prior to title page, New Bedford High School drawing, artist unknown.
Annual Report of the Public Schools of New Bedford, Mass. 1891. (New Bedford, E. Anthony and Sons, City Printers, 1892), page prior to title page, New Bedford High School drawing, artist unknown.

The Photographers

All but one of the photographs were taken by three New Bedford photographers:3

  • John O’Neil in the Hastings Building at 88 Purchase Street, 18 photos
  • Headley and Reed at 5 Purchase Street, 21 photos
  • Henry W. Smith at 25 Purchase Street, 2 photos
Photographers, 1890 New Bedford photo album
Photographers, 1890 New Bedford photo album
W. A Greenough, complier, The New Bedford City Directory, (New Bedford, Massachusetts : W. A Greenough, 1889), p. 508, Photographers.
W. A Greenough, complier, The New Bedford City Directory, (New Bedford, Massachusetts : W. A Greenough, 1889), p. 508, Photographers.

The one photograph not taken by the three local photographers was Harriet “Hattie” Newton Hyatt’s, taken by her uncle, noted photographer, Isaiah West Taber, of San Francisco, California, formerly of Fairhaven, Massachusetts.4

Taber Photography, 8 Montgomery Street, San Francisco, California.
Taber Photography, 8 Montgomery Street, San Francisco, California.

1890 New Bedford, Massachusetts photo album

Photos of the album were taken exactly as when the album was acquired. Profiles with full-size photos for each of the people in the photo album are linked from their names below, which are in the order they appeared in the album. An alphabetical list linking to the profiles follows this section.

Photograph album containing 47 photographs, New Bedford, Massachusetts, ca. 1890; privately held by the Faulkner–Hull Collection, Massachusetts.
Photograph album containing 47 photographs, New Bedford, Massachusetts, ca. 1890; privately held by the Faulkner–Hull Collection, Massachusetts.
Photograph album containing 47 photographs, New Bedford, Massachusetts, ca. 1890, title page; privately held by the Faulkner–Hull Collection, Massachusetts.
Photograph album containing 47 photographs, New Bedford, Massachusetts, ca. 1890, title page; privately held by the Faulkner–Hull Collection, Massachusetts.
Photograph album containing 47 photographs, New Bedford, Massachusetts, ca. 1890, pages 1-2; privately held by the Faulkner–Hull Collection, Massachusetts.
Photograph album containing 47 photographs, New Bedford, Massachusetts, ca. 1890, pages 1-2; privately held by the Faulkner–Hull Collection, Massachusetts.

Photo 1: Ray Greene Huling,
New Bedford High School Principal
Photo 2: Lottie May Allen

Photograph album containing 47 photographs, New Bedford, Massachusetts, ca. 1890, pages 3-4; privately held by the Faulkner–Hull Collection, Massachusetts.
Photograph album containing 47 photographs, New Bedford, Massachusetts, ca. 1890, pages 3-4; privately held by the Faulkner–Hull Collection, Massachusetts.

Photo 3: Fred Slocum
Photo 4: Helen A. Parker

Photo 5: Ruth Emma Pease
Photo 6: Unknown male 1

Photograph album containing 47 photographs, New Bedford, Massachusetts, ca. 1890, pages 5-6; privately held by the Faulkner–Hull Collection, Massachusetts.
Photograph album containing 47 photographs, New Bedford, Massachusetts, ca. 1890, pages 5-6; privately held by the Faulkner–Hull Collection, Massachusetts.
Photograph album containing 47 photographs, New Bedford, Massachusetts, ca. 1890, pages 7-8; privately held by the Faulkner–Hull Collection, Massachusetts.
Photograph album containing 47 photographs, New Bedford, Massachusetts, ca. 1890, pages 7-8; privately held by the Faulkner–Hull Collection, Massachusetts.
Photograph album containing 47 photographs, New Bedford, Massachusetts, ca. 1890, pages 9-10; privately held by the Faulkner–Hull Collection, Massachusetts.
Photograph album containing 47 photographs, New Bedford, Massachusetts, ca. 1890, pages 9-10; privately held by the Faulkner–Hull Collection, Massachusetts.
Photograph album containing 47 photographs, New Bedford, Massachusetts, ca. 1890, pages 11-12; privately held by the Faulkner–Hull Collection, Massachusetts.
Photograph album containing 47 photographs, New Bedford, Massachusetts, ca. 1890, pages 11-12; privately held by the Faulkner–Hull Collection, Massachusetts.
Photograph album containing 47 photographs, New Bedford, Massachusetts, ca. 1890, pages 13-14; privately held by the Faulkner–Hull Collection, Massachusetts.
Photograph album containing 47 photographs, New Bedford, Massachusetts, ca. 1890, pages 13-14; privately held by the Faulkner–Hull Collection, Massachusetts.
Photograph album containing 47 photographs, New Bedford, Massachusetts, ca. 1890, pages 15-16; privately held by the Faulkner–Hull Collection, Massachusetts.
Photograph album containing 47 photographs, New Bedford, Massachusetts, ca. 1890, pages 15-16; privately held by the Faulkner–Hull Collection, Massachusetts.
Photograph album containing 47 photographs, New Bedford, Massachusetts, ca. 1890, pages 17-18; privately held by the Faulkner–Hull Collection, Massachusetts.
Photograph album containing 47 photographs, New Bedford, Massachusetts, ca. 1890, pages 17-18; privately held by the Faulkner–Hull Collection, Massachusetts.
Photograph album containing 47 photographs, New Bedford, Massachusetts, ca. 1890, pages 19-20; privately held by the Faulkner–Hull Collection, Massachusetts.
Photograph album containing 47 photographs, New Bedford, Massachusetts, ca. 1890, pages 19-20; privately held by the Faulkner–Hull Collection, Massachusetts.
Photograph album containing 47 photographs, New Bedford, Massachusetts, ca. 1890, pages 21-22; privately held by the Faulkner–Hull Collection, Massachusetts.
Photograph album containing 47 photographs, New Bedford, Massachusetts, ca. 1890, pages 21-22; privately held by the Faulkner–Hull Collection, Massachusetts.

Photo 40: Lillie A. Heap
Photo 41: Sadie Lowe

Photograph album containing 47 photographs, New Bedford, Massachusetts, ca. 1890, pages 23-24; privately held by the Faulkner–Hull Collection, Massachusetts.
Photograph album containing 47 photographs, New Bedford, Massachusetts, ca. 1890, pages 23-24; privately held by the Faulkner–Hull Collection, Massachusetts.
Photograph album containing 47 photographs, New Bedford, Massachusetts, ca. 1890, pages 25-26; privately held by the Faulkner–Hull Collection, Massachusetts.
Photograph album containing 47 photographs, New Bedford, Massachusetts, ca. 1890, pages 25-26; privately held by the Faulkner–Hull Collection, Massachusetts.

Alphabetical list of profiles

NameBirthDeathMarriedChildrenPrimary
School
5
Allen, Charlotte “Lottie” May18711954NoNoFifth 
Anthony, Alice Gertrude 18721937NoNoFifth 
Ashley, Arthur Stone 18721930YesYesParker 
Atwood, William Henry18711903YesYesParker
Bassett, Irene Mayhew 18721959NoNoMiddle
Benjamin, Laura Moulton18711928YesYesParker
Briggs, Elizabeth “Lizzie” Maria1872UnkNoNoFifth 
Chubbuck, Annabelle18721952YesYesMiddle
Cornell, Harriet Love18711963NoNoFifth 
Davis, Hattie Seabury18711955YesYes
DeWolf, Deborah “Dora” Amanda18731971YesYesMiddle
Emerson, Charles Prescott18701951YesYesParker
Gifford, Julia Crocker18711952NoNoFifth 
Heap, Lillie Ann 18721897YesNoParker
Heppenstall, Elizabeth “Lizzie”18711955YesYesParker
Hervey, Helen Curtis18721923YesNoParker
Hillman, Daniel Taber18721957YesYesFifth 
Holcomb, Berta Naomi18721949YesYesFifth 
Howland, Blanche Russell18721947NoNoFifth 
Howland, Cyrus Chapman*18711920YesNoFifth 
Huling, Ray Greene18471915YesYes
Hyatt, Harriet “Hattie” Newton1873UnkYesNoAcushnet
Kelley, Sarah Elizabeth18731959YesYesFifth 
Lapham, Leonard Clifton18711929YesNoFifth 
Lee, Isadore Brown18711945NoNoParker
Lowe, Sarah “Sadie” A.18721909YesYesMiddle
Macomber, James Stowe18701958YesYesParker
Milliken, Annie Clapp18721925YesYesParker
Needham, George William18731965YesYesFifth 
Noble, Dr. George Everett18711899NoNoParker
Nye, Caroline “Carrie” Bradford18711905YesYesFifth 
Parker, Helen Augusta18711949YesYesFifth 
Parlow, Rosalie18721941YesNoFifth 
Pease, Ruth Emma18711965YesYesParker
Purrington, Alice Maria18721894NoNoMiddle
Ricketson, Anna Collins18711949NoNoFifth 
Slocum, Edward Manchester*18711949YesYesFifth 
Slocum Jr, Dr. Frederick18731944YesNoFifth 
Smith, Gertrude Alice18701952NoNoMiddle
Stetson, May Eleventh18721901YesYesFifth 
Tripp, Gertie Evelyn18721937YesNoMiddle
Tripp, Ruth May18721934NoNoParker
Washburn, Carrie Francis18701941YesNoParker
Unknown male 1
Unknown male 2
Unknown male 3
Unknown female 1

* Not a member of the New Bedford High School Class of 1890

Description and Acquisition

Item: 1890 New Bedford, Massachusetts photo album containing 47 cabinet card photographs
Item acquisition: Sandwich, Massachusetts Bazaar Flea Market
Relationship: None found.

Endnotes

1. “New Bedford High School Class of 1890”; photograph held by the New Bedford Free Public Library photograph collection, New Bedford, Massachusetts; published online at Digital Commonwealth Massachusetts Collection Online.

Also, Annual Report of the School Committee of the City of New Bedford, with the Superintendent’s Annual Report, for the Year 1890, (New Bedford : Mercury Publishing Company, 1891), p. 21-23, New Bedford High School Graduating Exercises, 27 June 1890.

Also, “Class of ‘90,” newspaper article, The Evening Standard (New Bedford, Massachusetts), 28 June 1890, p. 2, col. 6.

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2. Kimberli Faulkner Hull, author, “Edward M. Slocum (1871–1949),” Chasing Light Media, Cool Adventures (https://cooladventures.com/collection/edward-m-slocum-1871-1949/ : posted 2021).

Also, Kimberli Faulkner Hull, author, “Cyrus Chapman Howland (1871–1920),” Chasing Light Media, Cool Adventures (https://cooladventures.com/collection/cyrus-chapman-howland-1871-1920/ : posted 2021).

Also, Annual Report of the Public Schools of New Bedford, Mass. 1891. (New Bedford, E. Anthony and Sons, City Printers, 1892), page prior to title page, New Bedford High School drawing, artist unknown.

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3. W. A Greenough, complier, The New Bedford City Directory 1889, (New Bedford, Massachusetts : W. A Greenough, 1889), p. 508, Photographers.

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4. “Noted Photographer of City for Forty Years Passes Away,” Isaiah West Taber obituary, The San Francisco Call (San Francisco, California), 23 Feb 1912.

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5. “Admission to the High School,” newspaper article, The Evening Standard (New Bedford, Massachusetts), 10 July 1886, p. 5, col. 3.

Admitted from Fifth Street School (with photographs in 1890 album):

Admitted from Middle Street School (with photographs in 1890 album):

Admitted from Parker Street School (with photographs in 1890 album):

Admitted from Acushnet Village School (with photographs in 1890 album)

Graduated from New Bedford High School with a photograph but not on the admissions list

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Additional Resources

Citing this page: Kimberli Faulkner Hull, author and compiler, “1890 New Bedford, Massachusetts photo album” Cool Adventures ( https://cooladventures.com/collection/1890-photo-album/ : published 2021); privately held by the Faulkner–Hull Collection, Massachusetts.

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