|Colorized postcard of Nason Street circa 1920s (after trolley line|
was removed). Note two-way traffic and no trees.
The Maynard Historical Society has a collection of close to 500 postcards. Most are unstamped and blank-backed. Three types dominate the collection. Scenes postcards captured notable buildings and structures, such as the school on
Many of these postcards were used in the creation of the photo-history book "Maynard: Postcard History Series" (2005), by Paul Boothroyd and Lewis Halprin.
|Nason Street at present (courtesy of Erik Hansen)|
Note only one mill chimney still standing
Photographs for scenes postcards were taken by professional photographers sent out on the road by printers, many of those being German companies with
In this manner there are cards with imprints for local businesses such as W.B. Case Dry Goods and H.J. Dwinell, proprietor of Johnson Pharmacy. Other cards might feature the printer, for example: The Rotograph Co, New York/Germany. Or the photographer. Or have no maker's mark.
Arvid Blad - a Maynard photographer - specialized in portrait postcards. In an advertisement in Popular Mechanics magazine, Blad offered to print a dozen postcards from any photo for a price of 35 cents. In his studio, one of the popular background scenes he offered was a large crescent moon and stars on an otherwise black curtain. Bruce Lucier, owner of Marquee Photoworks, uses a crescent moon and starry backdrop in his portrait work as homage to Blad.
Blad also produced event postcards. His oeuvre includes the well known pictures of the April 16, 1911 railroad train derailment, with a crowd of very well dressed people viewing the train. As it turns out, it was Easter Sunday, and people were coming from church in their holiday finest.
Postcards will be on display in an exhibit at the Maynard Public Library, November and December. Entitled "Maynard Then and Now," this show will have pairs of images: an enlarged reproduction of the original postcard and a photo of the same site now.