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PHSNE's The Journal is printed annually for eligible members. Many issues are available for purchase on-line in printed and electronic form at phsne.magcloud.com.

For questions, comments, or if you have material for consideration as a Journal article please contact the Journal editorial committee at journal@phsne.org.

In addition to The Journal, PHNSE has published the The 1889 Grand Tour Travel Album, a treasure from the McDade collection, which documents an 80-day, 11,900-mile 1889 European tour by four young, unmarried women: Cora, Harriet, June and "Myself," the photographer and curator of the album. Sailing from New York to England on the SS Celtic, they journeyed to the capitals of Scandinavia and Europe, then returned via England to New York. To see sample pages or purchase go to phsne.magcloud.com.


T. E. Marr (& Son) Isabella Stewart Gardner's Photographers - and More cover

T. E. Marr (& Son) Isabella Stewart Gardner's Photographers—and More

Published at MagCloud by the Photographic Historical Society of New England.

122 pages, published April 2021, an expanded and general audience version of the 2020 PHSNE Journal.

This is a quintessential American story. Two working-class Boston photographers, Thomas E. Marr (1849-1910), and his son, Arthur (1877-1954), are the subjects of this detailed and absorbing monograph, an expanded version of the 2020 Journal. A young man rises from immigrant beginnings to gain patronage from some of the most successful individuals of the Gilded Age and early 1900s, including a wealthy, influential, sophisticated, and astute woman—Isabella Stewart Gardner. The Marrs’ aesthetic and commercial relationship with Gardner and her museum benefited both parties for many years and brought widespread recognition to the Marr firm. It is also the story of a father and son who together built a wide-ranging photographic legacy—largely unknown today. While the firm outlived the father by three decades, it left the son’s life tinged by tragedy. Beautifully illustrated with many Marr photographs, this monograph presents the first in-depth look at the Marrs' lives, their careers, and their photographic techniques, along with detailed references and tables for locating, identifying, and dating their work. © 2021

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An addenda and other supplementary materials are available open access at T. E. Marr (& Son) Supplements.



2020 PHSNE Journal cover

2020 PHSNE Journal

Published by the Photographic Historical Society of New England.

94 pages, published March 2021

Richly illustrated, this monograph by Ron Polito explores the lives, careers, and photographic techniques of Boston photographers, Thomas E. Marr (1849-1910), and his son, Arthur (1877-1954). It is a quintessential American story. A young man rises from immigrant beginnings to gain patronage from some of the most successful individuals of the Gilded Age and early 1900s, including a wealthy, influential, sophisticated, and astute woman—Isabella Stewart Gardner. The Marrs’ aesthetic and commercial relationship with Gardner and her museum benefitted both parties for many years and brought widespread recognition to the Marr firm. It is also the story of a father and a son who together built a wide-ranging photographic legacy—largely unknown today. While the firm outlived the father by three decades, it left the son’s life tinged by tragedy. (Full color: 70 photographs and illustrations) © 2021

An Addenda, Appendix D and additional material are available open access at 2020 Journal Supplements.

The 2020 Journal was printed and shipped to eligible PHSNE members in early March 2021.1



2019 PHSNE Journal

2019 PHSNE Journal

Published at MagCloud by the Photographic Historical Society of New England.

40 pages, published 12/31/2019

The 2019 New England Journal of Photographic History, #177, features original research on one of the most iconic photographic portraits of all time: the unique daguerreotype of beloved poet Emily Dickinson, the only photographic image ever made of her. Two authors, John R. Felix and Susan Anderson, set out to solve two separate mysteries: when the portrait was made, thus identifying Dickinson's age at the time, and how it was that this daguerreotype seemed to vanish after Dickinson's death in 1886 for nearly sixty years? The research includes 1840s photographic technologies, fashion and social history, adultery, a family feud, secrets and near-death revelations. The answers will surprise you. The 2019 Journal also includes a camera collector's story of Irish good luck and timing, a life in photography, and a few of his favorite camera collecting finds. © 2019

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1. The 2020 Journal was printed and shipped in early March 2021 to eligible members who had renewed at the time the 2020 Journal was printed. Members who renewed for the full September 2020 to August 2021 membership year, or new members who joined during the months of January and February 2021, were shipped the 2020 Journal issue. Members eligible to receive the printed Journal with their membership include paid-up members, Honorary Life and Life members, and Complimentary Exchange memberships with other photographic historical societies which provide a complimentary copy of their printed publications to PHSNE.

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