Methodist Church. Broad Street, 1892 by
Fred D. Berry
Unidentified woman with camera,
by William S. Leek
America went camera crazy at the end of the 19th
century. The invention of the gelatin dry-plate
negative in the 1870s made shooting and developing
photographs easy and affordable. For the first
time, large numbers of amateur enthusiasts and
professional photographers set up cameras in
American towns and villages, capturing the middle
and lower classes at work, at home, and at play. The
camera, once an artist’s tool, was now a lens on
highlights five late-19th century
photographers who turned their cameras on Windsor.
Artist C. Robert Hatheway began photographing
Poquonock’s mills, bridges, and stores in the
1880s. Fred D. Berry, a member of a Hartford camera
club, captured Windsor’s Broad Street Green in
1892. Professional photographers from the A.W. &
G.E. Howes Company stopped in Windsor several times
around 1900 to photograph local scenes and sell
residents three prints for a dollar. R. W. Frost
photographed his friends and co-workers at the Hotel
Windsor in the 1910s, while mortician and
firefighter William S. Leek chronicled newsworthy
happenings in Windsor between 1890 and 1930.
Trolley Stop in Poquonock, ca.1890 by C.
Collar and Cuff Company, 1902
by the A.W.
& G.E. Howes Company
produced an invaluable record of Victorian Windsor.
Construction workers pose with their tools.
Housewives hold children on their hips. Wealthy,
middle-class, and poor alike stand proudly in front
of homes and businesses. Featuring over 80
captivating photographs from Windsor Historical
Society’s collections, Camera Crazy journeys
through the camera’s lens into Windsor’s past.