F.H. DeMars Historic Vintage Photographs Images

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Organizing my grandfather's collection of old photographs and making them available to everyone has been a real gift!

My name is Peg Giles and over the past 5 years these historic pictures have taken over my life. But it is time to find a safe home for the 5,000 glass plate negatives that have been living in our basement. They are now at the Connecticut Historical Society. THE GOOD NEWS IS THAT, FOR THE NEXT YEAR,THE SITE WILL REMAIN UP AND RUNNING!

YES ... All 5,000 glass plate negatives from the DeMars collection are scanned and on the site. You can help identify the Unknowns by commenting under the pictures you recognize.

Wondering how others incorporate these pictures into their homes & businesses? Click here.

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.

PLEASE LOOK at the unknowns & help me identify them. Keep checking in to see what others have identified!

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 section.

Corrections or suggestions? I'm not a historian or a CT native - I'd love to hear from you. Contact us at info@demarsimages.com

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