James W. Wall Photograph Collection

The collection consists of 914 black and white photographic prints of railroad locomotives and trains and street railroads, most of them in the Boston, Massachusetts, area, as well as images of airplanes, automobiles, and ships, from unknown locations, all dated from 1934 to 1941 and then from 1945 to the early 1950s and then again in the 1970s and 1980s. The trains and engines photographed are predominantly those of the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad, the Boston & Maine Railroad, and the Boston & Albany Railroad, with a few from other railroad lines, most of those in New England but several in other locations in the United States. The collection also includes photographs of men in the United States Army during World War II in locations in Europe (particularly France and England), and after the war in Japan. It is likely that James W. Wall was the photographer for the images but that cannot be confirmed by the images themselves. The only information available on each photograph is the date -- year, month, and day -- it was taken. Location information is not available. The railroad photographs have been sorted into order by railroads but that was done only when the railroad could be distinguished from the image itself. One particular man's image is scattered throughout all the photographs and it is presumed that he is Mr. Wall. With the assistance of Mr. J.W. Swanberg several of the photographs, particularly those of the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad, have been identified as to location, type of locomotive, and other pertinent circumstances.
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