Contributed by Patten Free Library
Purchase a reproduction of this item on VintageMaineImages.com.
Fred Swanton (1869-?) is shown with a view camera in an image taken by another unidentified photographer.
In the mid 1880s camera manufacturers began to understand the possibilities of the home or amateur photography market. Increasingly cameras, film, and the various chemical processes to produce a negative and paper print were simplified to create an attractive hobby activity.
Frederick Swanton was listed in the Bath city directories of the 1890s as an electrician. By the time of the death of his father, Henry W. Swanton, Fred had moved to Washington D. C., according to the January 1904 obituary in the Bath Independent and Enterprise, and subsequently disappeared from the historical record.
Thus ended this particular Bath branch of the Swanton family that began with Captain William Swanton, a Massachusetts native, who was believed to have started the first contract shipbuilding business in Long Reach, as Bath was known then, in the early 1760s.
About This Item
- Title: Fred Swanton with Camera, Bath, ca. 1887
- Creation Date: circa 1887
- Subject Date: circa 1887
- Location: Bath, Sagadahoc County, ME
- Media: Photographic print
- Dimensions: 23.4 cm x 18.2 cm
- Local Code: BHS 2002.10.6
- Collection: Bath Historical Society--J. Wingate Collection
- Object Type: Image
Cross Reference Searches
Standardized Subject Headings
For more information about this item, contact:Patten Free Library
33 Summer Street, Bath, ME 04530
Use of this Item is not restricted by copyright and/or related rights, but the holding organization is contractually obligated to limit use. For more information, please contact the contributing organization. However, watermarked Maine Memory Network images may be used for educational purposes.
Please post your comment below to share with others. If you'd like to privately share a comment or correction with MMN staff, please use this form.