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Wilson A. Bentley Photographs

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Object

Fanny Eliza Colton Bentley, mother of Wilson A. Bentley, printed from a negative   

1

W.A. Bentley checking his camera-microscope apparatus. Believed to have been taken at the time that Pathe News made a newsreel showing how snowflakes were photographed.   circa 1929 

2

W.A. Bentley removing slide for making an exposure in his camera-microscope to photograph a snowflake   circa 1929 

3

W. A. Bentley in a montage of his snowflake photos.   circa 1920's (?) 

4

Charles Bentley, brother of W.A. Bentley. Bentley farm in the Nashville area of Jericho, and Mt. Mansfield in the background. (Note black sky and see explanation under Scope and Content notes).   circa late 1800's 

5

Scene of Mt. Mansfield from behind Bentley house in Nashville (see Scope and Content)   

6

Bentley house. Left to right: Unidentified, Mary B., Helen Shiner, Alric Bentley, Richard Shiner (Note snowflake design on the edge of the porch)   

7

Close-up of #7   

8

Bentley house, earlier view. Left to right: Fanny B., Alric B., Agnes B., Charles B. (on porch), Mary B. (on steps)   circa 1889 

9

Nashville, Amy Bentley in foreground. Houses from right: Rochelle, Nashville School, Ezra Nash, Shiner's saw mill and house, Bentley houses on far left   circa 1910 

10

Road grader in front of Bentley house. Boy on left may be a Bentley. Others unidentified. Date unknown, but note trim on house and compare with #9 and #7   undated 

11

Unidentified woman on horse. In front of Bentley house. (In August 1978, this woman was identified as Julia Bentley, cousin of W.A. Bentley, by a family member)   undated 

12

Early frost, taken near Rochelle house, looking west   undated 

13

Mt. Mansfield in winter, from W.A. Bentley's pasture. Landslide toward Chin of the mountain present in this and #15 but not in #5   undated 

14

Mt. Mansfield in autumn. See #14   

15

Rolling snow on the road in front of Bentley barns   circa 1885 

16

Nashville Schoolhouse. Amy and Archie B.   circa 1910 

17

In a barrel. Anna, Amy, Archie B. This photo appeared in The New England Homestead   circa 1910 

18

Snipe Island Pond. Camel's Hump in the background. Alric B. and Edward Shiner in foreground   circa 1890 

19

Charles B. in an October snowstorm   circa 1890 

20

In a timber fall. Clarence Shiner, Alric B., Edward Shiner, Agnes B.   circa 1893 

21

Arthur Bentley and his first deer   circa 1910 

22

A well-posed porcupine   undated 

23

Logging on Bolton Mountain. Charles B. in foreground   circa 1887 

24

Charles B. sugaring   circa 1890 

25

Amy Bentley and Katie Shiner   circa 1908 

26

Amy B., Alwyn B., Katie Shiner. Taken same day as #26   circa 1908 

27

On the traverses: Katie Shiner, Amy B., Anna B., Alwyn B.   undated 

28

W.A. Bentley and his mother Fannie Colton B., in an early snow. Note small snowman on left   circa 1890 

29

Playing dress-up. Alice B., Pearl McGee, Amy B., Hazel McGee (Two of them are wearing their brothers' overalls. Girls didn't wear pants. Skirt, same as in photo #31)   circa 1910 

30

Sunday afternoon at Bentleys. Summer. Left to right: unidentified, unidentified, Edward Ring, Agnes B. (in skirt with white stripes), Celia Ring, Alric B., Edward Shiner, W.A. Bentley, Clarence Shiner, Helen Nash, Lizzie Brunell (later Mrs. Shiner, mother of Helen), Arthur B. (hitting the ball), Willie Brunell (Lizzie's brother)   circa 1910 

31

Bentley children in barnyard   circa 1910 

32

Halloween. Alwyn B., Archie B., Anna B., Katie Shiner, Amy B.   circa 1908 

33

Secrets. Amy B. and Katie Shiner. Probably taken same time as #35   undated 

34

Amy Bentley, Katie Shiner. A montage of two portraits   undated 

35

In tree: Archie B. Standing: Agnes Leary, Katie Shiner. Seated: Loretta Barrett, Alice Leary   undated 

36

Nashville, Bolton Mountain. Note black sky as in #5 and #6   undated 

37

Bentley house. Mary Shiner, Clarence and Edward Shiner, Joe Shiner by fence, Mary B. by shed, Alric B. by Mary, Agnes B. by screen door   circa 1890 

38

Bridge east of Bentley house on Nashville Road. Florence Durlacher   circa 1925 

39

Lizzie Shiner, Florence Durlacher, Helen Shiner   circa 1925 

40

Dominga Durlacher, Florence Durlacher, Helen Shiner, unidentified, Arthur Brunell   undated 

41

Helen Shiner, Mount Mansfield in background   circa 1920 

42

Helen Shiner, W.A. Bentley, Florence Durlacher   circa 1925 

43

Arthur Brunell's car, Dominga Durlacher, Florence Durlacher, and unidentified   1925 

44

The milkhouse. On roof: Florence and Dominga Durlacher. Others unknown. Helen Shiner standing in door   circa 1925 

45

On the Bentley lawn. Taken same time as #45   circa 1925 

46

On the Bentley lawn. Unidentified children   undated 

47

Florence Durlacher, Helen Shiner   circa 1925 

48

Arlene Hunt, daughter of Amy Bentley Hunt at Queen City Park, Burlington, VT   circa 1929 

49

Richard Shiner, Dominga Durlacher on Bentley lawn. Playhouse on right   circa 1925 

50

Four unidentified girls (maybe Houghtaling children) with Kenneth Whittemore, son of Agnes B., on right   circa 1915 

51

Clouds   undated 

52

Clouds (from behind the Bentley house)   undated 

53

Clouds (from behind the Bentley house)   undated 

54

Dew on spider web. Cf "Snow Crystals" by W.A. Bentley and W.J. Humphries, p. 226   undated 

60

Dew on spider web. Cf "Snow Crystals" by W.A. Bentley and W.J. Humphries, p. 226   undated 

61

Raindrops on twig. Cf "Snow Crystals" by W.A. Bentley and W.J. Humphries, p. 224   undated 

62

Water droplets on strawberry leaves. Not in the book ("Snow Crystals"). Note the background cloth   undated 

63

Dew on grass. Not in the book ("Snow Crystals")   undated 

64

Dew. Cf "Snow Crystals" by W.A. Bentley and W.J. Humphries, p. 225   undated 

65

Dew on grass. Backwards from book. Cf "Snow Crystals" by W.A. Bentley and W.J. Humphries, p. 225   undated 

66

Dew on equisetum. Not in book "Snow Crystals"   undated 

67

Montage of dew. Note fly on left. Backwards from book. Cf "Snow Crystals" by W.A. Bentley and W.J. Humphries, p. 226   undated 

68

Dew. Cf "Snow Crystals" by W.A. Bentley and W.J. Humphries, p. 224   undated 

69

Dew. Not in book "Snow Crystals"   undated 

70

Dew. Not in book "Snow Crystals"   undated 

71

Spider web, without frost or dew   undated 

72

Glaze on plant stalk. Note strings to hold it up. Cf "Snow Crystals" by W.A. Bentley and W.J. Humphries, p. 222   undated 

73

Glaze on plant. Cf "Snow Crystals" by W.A. Bentley and W.J. Humphries, p. 222   undated 

74

Ice of unknown origin. Not in the book "Snow Crystals"   undated 

75

Ice of unknown origin. Not in the book "Snow Crystals"   undated 

76

Sleet, similar to "Snow Crystals" by W.A. Bentley and W.J. Humphries, p. 223   undated 

77

Ice, similar to "Snow Crystals" by W.A. Bentley and W.J. Humphries, p. 210   undated 

78

Ice, similar to "Snow Crystals" by W.A. Bentley and W.J. Humphries, p. 210   undated 

79

Ice, similar to "Snow Crystals" by W.A. Bentley and W.J. Humphries, p. 223   undated 

80

Ice, similar to "Snow Crystals" by W.A. Bentley and W.J. Humphries, p. 223   undated 

81

Frost on glass. Not in book "Snow Crystals"   undated 

82

Frost on glass. Not in book "Snow Crystals"   undated 

83

Frost on glass. Cf "Snow Crystals" by W.A. Bentley and W.J. Humphries, p. 217   undated 

84

Frost on glass. Not in book "Snow Crystals"   undated 

85

Frost on glass. Not in book "Snow Crystals"   undated 

86

Frost on glass. Note "W.A.B." scratched in glass to make frost initials. Cf "Snow Crystals" by W.A. Bentley and W.J. Humphries, p. 212   undated 

87

Frost on glass. Cf "Snow Crystals" by W.A. Bentley and W.J. Humphries, p. 215   undated 

88

Frost on glass. Cf "Snow Crystals" by W.A. Bentley and W.J. Humphries, p. 212, but this is not quite the same   undated 

89

Frost on glass. Not in book "Snow Crystals"   undated 

90

Frost on glass. Cf "Snow Crystals" by W.A. Bentley and W.J. Humphries, p. 214, backwards   undated 

91

Frost on glass. Cf "Snow Crystals" by W.A. Bentley and W.J. Humphries, p. 217   undated 

92

Frost on glass. Cf "Snow Crystals" by W.A. Bentley and W.J. Humphries, p. 217, backwards   undated 

93

Frost on glass. Not in book "Snow Crystals" by W.A. Bentley and W.J. Humphries   undated 

94

Frost on glass. Not in book "Snow Crystals" by W.A. Bentley and W.J. Humphries   undated 

94a

Frost on glass. Cf "Snow Crystals" by W.A. Bentley and W.J. Humphries, p. 212   undated 

95

Frost on glass. Not in book "Snow Crystals" by W.A. Bentley and W.J. Humphries   undated 

96

Frost on glass. Cf "Snow Crystals" by W.A. Bentley and W.J. Humphries, p. 218   undated 

97

Frost on glass. Cf "Snow Crystals" by W.A. Bentley and W.J. Humphries, p. 217   undated 

98

Frost. Cf "Snow Crystals" by W.A. Bentley and W.J. Humphries, p. 221, backwards   undated 

99

Snowflake. Not in book "Snow Crystals" by W.A. Bentley and W.J. Humphries   undated 

100

Snowflake. Cf "Snow Crystals" by W.A. Bentley and W.J. Humphries, p. 57   undated 

101

Snowflake. Not in book "Snow Crystals" by W.A. Bentley and W.J. Humphries   undated 

102

Snowflake. Not in book "Snow Crystals" by W.A. Bentley and W.J. Humphries   undated 

103

Snowflake. Not in book "Snow Crystals" by W.A. Bentley and W.J. Humphries   undated 

104

Snowflake. Not in book "Snow Crystals" by W.A. Bentley and W.J. Humphries   undated 

105

Snowflake. #4621. Cf "Snow Crystals" by W.A. Bentley and W.J. Humphries p. 39   undated 

106

Snowflake. Cf "Snow Crystals" by W.A. Bentley and W.J. Humphries p. 141   undated 

107

Snowflake. #374. Not in book "Snow Crystals" by W.A. Bentley and W.J. Humphries   undated 

108

Snowflake. #833. Not in book "Snow Crystals" by W.A. Bentley and W.J. Humphries   undated 

109

Snowflake. Not in book "Snow Crystals" by W.A. Bentley and W.J. Humphries   undated 

110

Snowflake. Cf "Snow Crystals" by W.A. Bentley and W.J. Humphries p. 62   undated 

111

Snowflake. #1484. Not in book "Snow Crystals" by W.A. Bentley and W.J. Humphries. Printed from a W.A. B. negative   undated 

112

Snowflake. #2393. Not in book "Snow Crystals" by W.A. Bentley and W.J. Humphries   undated 

113

Snowflake. Cf "Snow Crystals" by W.A. Bentley and W.J. Humphries p. 67   undated 

114

Snowflake. Cf "Snow Crystals" by W.A. Bentley and W.J. Humphries p. 40   undated 

115

Snowflake. Not in book "Snow Crystals" by W.A. Bentley and W.J. Humphries   undated 

116

Snowflake. #1726   undated 

117

Two snowflakes. Cf "Snow Crystals" by W.A. Bentley and W.J. Humphries p. 197   undated 

118

Snow rollers in field   undated 

119

Snowflake montage   undated 

120

Unusual snowflake montage. We assume this was not made by W.A.B., but uses cutouts of his snowflake designs   undated 

121

Spider   undated 

122

Mary (Blood) Bentley, wife of Charles. Printed from a Bentley negative.   circa late 1880's 

123

Charles Bentley, brother of W.A. Bentley. Printed from a Bentley negative   circa late 1880's 

124

The old Bentley house at the farm. Printed from a Bentley negative   circa 1885 

125

The Bentley farm. Printed from a Bentley negative   undated 

126

The Bentley farm. Note new chimney on right wing. Printed from a Bentley negative. Mary G. and Minnie Blood (sister of Mary), on porch, Fannie Colton Bentley on right   undated 

127

Bentley farmhouse. Note chimney of right wing. Shelley Bentley (W.A.B.'s grandfather) in foreground. Fannie Colton Bentley on left porch, Alwin B. on walk, Charles and Mary B. on right porch   undated 

128

Bentley farmhouse   undated 

129

Nashville School students. Front row: Sadie Rochelle, Mark Berry; second row: Mary Brunell, Anne Trieb, Isetta Barrett, Edward Berry, Anna Bentley, Lionel Berry; third row: Lester Berry, Wesley Rochelle, Arthur Brunell, Dewey Nash, Mable Ladue, Amy Bentley; fourth row: Archie Bentley, Colletta Barrett, Willie Trieb, Katie Shiner, Flossie McDurfee, Rollie Rochelle, Teacher Minnie Houghtaling; back row: Loretta Barrett, Clarence Ladue, Harold Leary.   undated 

130

#130 printed as a negative. W.A.B. somehow printed the school photo so that the lone black girl was white and the rest were black. This may have been how he did it. His joke was appreciated by Miss McDurfee, who was an orphan living in a Nashville family.   undated 

131

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