In the winter of 2016, Bill Barton shared with me his collection of glass plate negatives taken by Edward Darling (1874 – 1962), one of the earliest Ipswich photographers. The glass plates have been stored away for decades, but I was able to develop the negatives into high-resolution black and white photos. Jeanne Langmaid Engel’s collection of Darling negatives were donated to the Ipswich Museum, processed by David Stone. Photos from that collection are included in this slideshow.
The Town Wharf (Edward Darling)
The arrow points to the Harris-Stanwood house in this photo taken around 1900 by Edward Darling.
10 East Street, the Nathaniel Harris house , constructed in 1819 (Edward Darling)
Mr Fewkes and Mr. Darling at their greenhouse on County Rd.
The Eben house when it was on North Main Street. (Edward Darling)
Bush Hill (Edward Darling)
View of steeples from Turkey Shore (Edward Darling)
Boat-builder and captain on Summer St., photo by Edward Darling
Closeup of a photo by Edward Darling of Market Square, 1918
Summer Street, photo by Edward Darling
17 Turkey Shore, Ipswich MA. Photo by Edward Darling, crica 1895.
A gathering of founding members of the Methodist Church in the late 19th Century, photo by Edward Darling courtesy of Bill Barton
Late 19th Century photo of Summer Street by Edward Darling–the Foster house is on the right. (Edward Darling)
This photo from the collection of William J. Barton appears to show a group of Ipswich Female Seminary students posing for this Ipswich photographer Edward L. Darling. The house behind them stood at 1 High St., directly across from North Main St. The location is now the parking lot for the Ipswich Inn. The house at 5 High Street served at that time as one of the dormitories for the Ipswich Female Seminary.
The Stackpole Soap Company, photo by Edward L. Darling
Photo by Edward L. Darling, courtesy of Billy Barton.
The day after the Damon Building burned (photo by Edward L. Darling)
The Barnicoat handtub in front of the first Warren engine house, rear of the larger Warren Engine houseand Hose No. 1, and Masconnomet le France Steam fire engine.
View from Turkey Shore ( Photo by Edward L. Darling
Harry Purintpm with Edward Chapman in the doorway. Photo by E. L. Darling, from the collection of William J. Barton. Photo courtesy of Bill Barton.
The three churches, taken from Turkey Shore
Measures Candy store, photograph by Edward L. Darling, courtesy of William J. Barton
High Street at Town Farm Road, before the bridge was built (photo by Edward L. Darling)
The ruins of Dr. Manning’s mill at Willowdale
Water Street from Summer to Green Street was called “Clam Shell Alley.”
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