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Maynard Historical Society Podcast #10

This is a short podcast that introduces the digital version of the 1921 “A Brief History of Maynard” by William H. Gutteridge.

The book was created for the 50th anniversary of the town and is a valuable resource to anyone researching Maynard history.

Maynard Historical Society Podcast #10

The scanned version of the book is available here: A Brief History of Maynard (PDF, 20MB)

The Society also has the original print plates used to reproduce the photographs in the book.  Here are a few of them:


This is a close-up of one of the plates:



Here is an aerial photograph plate, and a reversed image to show you roughly what the photo looks like when printed:



The front of the book included a map printed on thin paper (many copies of the book no longer have the map because it is so fragile).  This was done with a engraved plate:



Bertha Lawton’s First Grade Class Photo – 1894

Bruce McGarry recently donated two chairs and a photograph to the Society.  Being a bit of a photography person, I was most excited by the photograph.  Considering its age, it was in pretty good condition – but the best part was that the reverse side listed all of the names.  I can’t stress enough how important information like this is.   We will soon begin the process of identifying the thousands of photographs in the collection and only a small percentage come with any sort of identification or date.  Bruce’s donation is as close to ideal as you can get.

I just took a snapshot of the photo – we haven’t scanned and cataloged it yet.  I transcribed the reverse side the best I could.  There are plenty of long-time Maynard family names on this list:



Top Row – Left to Right

Louis Parmenter, Jack Carey, Clarence Styvert, Albert Whitney, Albert Priest, ???, Wilfred Talon, Nealy Callahan, Chester Sawyer

Second Row

Ethel Butterworth, Ada Rand, Agnes Greenhalge, Mabel McAuslin, Bertha Lawton, Lillian Brooks, Myrtle Sims, Chris Lynch, Sadie Garlick

Third Row

Mary Moore, Mary Hanson, Mildred Walker, Garry Gove, Lillian Usher, Minnie Casey, Margie Farrell, Clem Wagner, Margeret Driscoll, Leander King, Ed Riley?

Forth Row

Archie Harding?, ??? Glenes, Clemie Sullivan, Eva Lemaine, Agnes Mahoney, Addie McWilliams, Nellie Coughlan, Elsie Himery, Ida Moore, Gertie Randall

Bottom Row

Herb Usher, Alvin Smith, Eddie Coughlan, Emmet Riley, Bert Mallison, Leo Comeau, Walter Comeau, Archie Livingston, Pat Hanson, Wallace Locke