This photo was taken by Ipswich photographer George Dexter in the late 19th or early 20th Century from Town Hill above High Street, in the vicinity of Highland Cemetery. The First Church and Methodist Church steeples are in the background. Snow-covered Heartbreak Hill rises in the distance.
Copies of this photo are in early print publications, but this is an original digital image, thanks to an individual who is letting me photograph his collection of George Dexter’s glass plate negatives. Later this year I hope to share a sizable set of 19th Century photographs by Ipswich photographer Edward Darling.
Original glass plate negatives have an aspect ratio of 4:5. To get a high-resolution print, I use a Nikon D7000 digital camera with a Nikkor 60 mm, 1:2.8 micro lens, mounted on a copy stand. The glass plate negatives are illuminated with a lightbox. I open and invert the images in Photoshop, and touch up damaged areas. I removed part of the right side of this photo, which had faded beyond repair. Click on the photo for a larger image, cropped to fit a computer screen.
These photos will be in our permanent digital collection and will be shared on this website over the next few months.