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Mamie Williams 1882 Gem Tintype Album

Mamie Williams, 1882 Photo Album
Mamie Williams, 1882 Photo Album
The photos in this album are gem tintypes, relatively inexpensive postage stamp-sized plates that were very popular in the 19th century. They were taken with a multi-lens camera that made several images simultaneously on a single sheet that could then be cut up and shared. Children (and others) would collect photos of their friends and mount them in albums like this one.
Robert Whitman Atkinson, 1882
1869 - 1934; parents: Edward Atkinson and Mary Caroline Heath; married, 1904, Elizabeth Bispham Page; lived on Heath St.

One of the three siblings featured in this album, out of a total nine children. Graduated from Harvard in 1891. Studied music in Munich for three years and became a pianist, organist, and composer. His wife’s brother, architect George Bispham Page, designed a new home (still standing) for them at 38 Heath Street in 1906 . One of Robert's grandsons is the actor Sam Waterston (full name Samuel Atkinson Waterston), born six years after his grandfather’s death. His father was president of the Fire Insurance Co., the inventor of the Aladdin oven, a prolific author of tracts about economics, and a prominent businessman in Boston. His mother was a direct descendant of General William Heath, a right-hand man of George Washington during the Revolution.
Caroline Penniman Atkinson, 1882 (identity estimated)
1871 - 1944; parents: never married; Edward Atkinson and Mary Caroline Heath; lived at 38 Heath St.

One of the three siblings featured in this album, out of a total nine children. Her father was president of the Fire Insurance Co., the inventor of the Aladdin oven, a prolific author of tracts about economics, and a prominent businessman in Boston. Her mother was a direct descendant of General William Heath, a right-hand man of George Washington during the Revolution. Cornell University has a listing of a photo entitled " Caroline Penniman Atkinson with Mamie Williams". Mamie is the author of this tintype album.
William Atkinson, 1882
1866 - 1934; married, 1900, Mittie Harmon Jackson; parents: Edward Atkinson and Mary Caroline Heath; lived on Heath St.

One of the three siblings featured in this album, out of a total nine children. He was an architect, attended Harvard College, and was a graduate of M.I.T. His father was president of the Fire Insurance Co., the inventor of the Aladdin oven, a prolific author of tracts about economics, and a prominent businessman in Boston. His mother was a direct descendant of General William Heath, a right-hand man of George Washington during the Revolution.
Elizabeth Baldwin Dupee, 1882
1873 - 1951; married, 1898, Endicott Peabody Saltonstall; parents: William Richardson Dupee and Jeannie Ursula (They were first cousins once removed.); lived primarily in Newton near the border with Brookline .

William Dupee was a prosperous wool merchant in the firm Nichols & Dupee. Her parents were first cousins once removed. In 1882, the family lived in a new stone mansion designed for them by Peabody & Stearns at 400 Beacon Street in Chestnut Hill, Newton. The house was later the home of Mary Baker Eddy, founder of the Christian Science Church, and is still owned by the church today. In 1895, the Dupees moved to a new Chestnut Hill house (still standing) at 41 Middlesex Road on the border with Brookline. William’s partner, George Nichols, lived across the street. Also nearby was the estate of Leverett Saltonstall. His son Endicott Peabody Saltonstall and Elizabeth Dupee were married in 1898 and lived in the Saltonstall mansion at 245 Chestnut Hill Road. (The house is still in the Saltonstall family.)

Endicott Peabody was a lawyer and onetime Middlesex Country District Attorney who died in 1922. Elizabeth served at one time as a member of the Republican state committee.
Philip Richardson, 1882
1874 - 1948; architect; married, 1899, Dora Labouisse; parents: Henry Hobson Richardson and Julia Gorham Hayden; lived at 25 Cottage St.

Fifth of the six children of famed architect Henry Hobson Richardson and Julia Gorham Hayden. Graduated from Harvard in 1896 and followed in his father’s footsteps as an architect. Served as a draftsman with McKim, Mead & White in New York from 1899 to 1909, then co-led Richardson, Barott & Richardson with his brother Frederick L.W. Richardson and Chauncey Barott for 20 years before practicing on his own. Converted a 19th century carriage house at 11 Welch Road (still standing) to his family home in 1916.
Henry Hyslop Richardson, 1882
1872 -1932 ; married, 1906, Elizabeth Leger Perry; parents: Henry Hobson Richardson and Julia Gorham Hayden; lived at 25 Cottage St.

Fourth of the six children of famed architect Henry Hobson Richardson and Julia Gorham Hayden. Graduated from Harvard in 1895. Worked for the Boston Elevated Railway Co. for seven years before going into the real estate business. He purchased the family home at 25 Cottage Street from his mother in 1915 and lived there until his death. Received a gold medal award from the Massachusetts Horticultural Society in 1924 for the reclamation and replanting of "a neglected and uncared for wooded ravine, a tangle of fallen trees, briars, rank herbs and debris" behind the house.
Mary Haughton Richardson, 1882
1871 - 1962; married, 1899, Daniel Fiske Jones; parents: Henry Hobson Richardson and Julia Gorham Hayden; lived at 25 Cottage St.

Third of the six children of famed architect Henry Hobson Richardson and Julia Gorham Hayden. Married in 1899 to Daniel Fiske Jones who became a famous surgeon at Massachusetts General Hospital. She was active in fund raising for Mass General and other medical facilities.
Sarah Livingston Barnard (unconfirmed, could be Maud Russell Barnard), 1882
[two photos in album both labeled as Maud] 1866 - 1942; parents: George Middleton Barnard and Ellen Hooper Russell;

Her father, George Barnard (see in this photo was born in Brookline and was a decorated colonel in the civil war. By 1880, the family had already moved to Mattapoisett, Massachusetts so the inclusion of the sisters in this album of Brookline children remains a mystery.
Maud Russell Barnard (unconfirmed, could be Sarah Livingston Barnard), 1882
[two photos in album both labeled as Maud] 1868 - 1903; parents: George Middleton Barnard and Ellen Hooper Russell; married, 1890, Henry Durant Cheever;

Her father, George Barnard (see in this photo was born in Brookline and was a decorated colonel in the civil war. By 1880, the family had already moved to Mattapoisett, Massachusetts so the inclusion of the sisters in this album of Brookline children remains a mystery. She divorced Mr. Cheever who created a minor stir in the society pages when he then married a singer, Zora Horlocker in 1899. Maud died in Paris four years later.
Elizabeth (Bessie) Lawrence Fiske 1882
1869 - 1935; parents: Francis Skinner Fiske and Lucy Ann Farnsworth; married, 1901, George Collier Hitchcock; lived on Monmouth St.

Moved to Milton where she was married, then to St. Louis, the home town of her husband.The MFA has a portrait of her in its collection.
Ruth Eleanor Parker, 1882
1865 - ; married, 1904, Benjamin Stuart Murphy; parents: John Dalling Parker and Charlotte Howard Sargent; lived on Walnut St.

Both parents died at an early age. Her father returned as a captain from fighting in the Civil War, married in late 1864, and was living with his wife’s family in Boston by 1865. There is evidence that Ruth’s parents may have moved to Tarrytown, NY where her mother died in 1869, at the age of 29, when Ruth was 3. As of the 1870 census Ruth was living in West Roxbury with some of her mother’s siblings, including a younger sister, Alice Wentworth Sargent. In 1871, her father married Alice. He died in 1878 in Mattapoisett MA when Ruth was 12.
Katherine ("Kate") A. Whitney, 1882 [identity speculative]
1861 - 1909; never married; parents: Charles Whitney and Sarah Kimball Bradley; born in Lowell, lived in Boston.

Her father was a wealthy merchant in the lumber business who built the luxurious Hotel Vendome at the corner of Dartmouth and Commonwealth Ave. in Boston. Kate lived there for a number of years. She died of typhoid at the age of 47.
Alice Putnam Bacon, 1882
1869 - 1945; married, 1891, William Sturgis Hooper Lathrop; parents: Francis Edward Bacon and Louisa Crowninshield; lived on Clyde

Lived initially on her family' large estate that is the current location of The Country Club. On the 1880 census the family is listed in both Mattpoisett, presumably the summer residence, and Boston. Her husband died early, in 1905.
Lucy Littell, 1882
1861 - 1940; never married; parents: Robert Smith Littell, Harriet Anne Moody; lived at 38 Alton Place

The Littell family has longstanding roots in America and hosts a number of interesting stories. Lucy’s grandfather, Eliakim Littell, founded Littell’s Living Age, a publication lasting nearly 100 years that reprinted highlights from American and British newspapers. Lucy’s father, Robert Littell, took over the reins after his death with his sister, Susan Littell, assisting as editor. He and his family lived for many years at 38 Alton Place, near Coolidge Corner. By 1895 there remained the Littell sisters, Lucy, Alice, and Harriet, along with Susan Littell who had joined the household to care for the children after the early death of their mother, in 1873. After their father died in 1896, the house was purchased by Harry Freeman who tore down the house, created a cross street in its place, named Littell Rd., and built a development of houses.

Lucy’s brother, Philip, graduated from Harvard, married, and was a newspaper columnist for The Milwaukee Sentinel, which was owned by the family of one of his classmates. He later became a writer and editor for the New Republic and was a regular visitor to the "House of Truth", a mansion in Washingotn, DC that served as living quarters and a gathering place for intellectuals of the day like Walter Lippman and Oliver Wendell Holmes. He was also an essayist, dramatist, and a member of the Cornish Art Colony in Plainfield, New Hampshire where some descendants continue to live.

Lucy’s sister, Alice, who was injured in this deadly 1893 train crash, was a physician who interned at the New England Hospital for Women and Children in 1895. Alice had made the acquaintance of her future husband, an artist named Arthur Murray Cobb, though exactly when and where is still not known. He was part of a group of wealthy ex-pat artists who gathered in Monet’s village of Giverny, France where he married Mariquita Gill, also an artist from Boston. They both, like Lucia Fairchild in this album, had paintings exhibited in the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago. By 1895, Cobb was divorced from Gill. Cobb and Alice Littell married in London in 1898 and became part of a group of American ex-pats in Florence. They lived in the famous Casa Guidi, which had been the house of Elizabeth Barrett Browning until her death, and they were featured in various international newspapers of the day. Their son, Humphrey, was a screenwriter and novelist who authored the novel Paths of Glory which was made into the famous movie by Stanley Kubrick.

Note that the inscription in the album appears as "Laura Letelle" or "Ketelle". There is no evidence that these are valid names. We believe that the album creator, Mary Williams, only remembered that this girl's first name started with "L" and that her last named sounded like Letelle. Other photographs support our belief that this is Lucy Littell.

ref. Platt-Littell web site
Daisy and ?, 1882 [inscription Illegible]
Elizabeth ("Elsie") Lowell Dalton, 1882
1868 - ; probably unmarried; parents: Henry Rogers Dalton and Elizabeth Lowell Dutton Russell; at birth lived at 18 Brimmer St. on Beacon Hill, lived in Lincoln in 1900, later lived at 181 Beacon St., Boston

Henry Dalton was a wealthy insurance broker and had been a captain in the Civil War. After the war he returned to Boston and married Elizabeth Lowell Dutton Russell in 1865. She died in 1869. They had two children, Elizabeth was the second. In 1872 he married Florence Chapman and moved to 288 Marlborough, Boston. Their first child was Alice who is also featured in this album. In 1908 he purchased 181 Beacon St., Boston, steps from his brother’s house at 189, and Elizabeth lived there.
Laura Bangs, 1882 [inscription indeterminate, identity speculative]
1868 - ; married, 1896, Gardner Perry; peorge Pell Bangs and Elizabeth Simpkins; lived at 94 Mt. Vernon St., Beacon Hill
Ethel Blake Whitmore, 1882
1868 - 1903; probably never married; parents: Charles John Whitmore and Sarah Olcott Murdoch Blake; lived at 320 Beacon St., Boston; died early of typhoid fever
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