This collection of old photographs has become an obsession!
My name is Peg Giles and I'm afraid that these historic pictures have taken over my life.
... All 5,000 glass plate negatives are scanned and on the site. I think it is quite amazing! You can help identify the Unknowns by commenting under the pictures you recognize.
In the early 1900's my grandfather, Frank DeMars, traveled around Northwestern Connecticut & Southwestern Massachusetts (mostly by horse and buggy) recording rural life, mills and factories on the rivers, small towns and the people who lived in them. He took most of the pictures in the Winsted CT area.
When he opened an art store in Winsted, he bought glass plate negatives from a number of other photographers. For more info, go to About Us.
at the unknowns & help me identify them. Keep checking in to see what others have identified!
RELATIVELY NEW - A "search function" - Look for it at the top of each page. Type in the photo number or a key word, like "horse" or a family name like "Gilbert". Also, we have a Facebook Fan Page
For info about deals & various finishes, see our Coupons & Frequently Asked Questions.
To view pictures full-screen: Once you are in the galleries [example - Towns, Winsted, residences], go to the "style" icon on the right; click on journal. Then scroll down from picture to picture. Go to "next" at bottom for the next page. Repeat. For a list of the 50 or so towns go to the About Us
Corrections or suggestions? I'm not a historian or a CT native - I'd love to hear from you. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org