The Cambridge Room has been collecting the Boston Herald’s photo morgue and we’re amassing a nice, small collection of photographs related to Cambridge, including the one above picturing Massachusetts Senator Henry Cabot Lodge’s funeral at Christ Church in Cambridge.
In learning about the New York Times’ photo morgue, The Lively Morgue, we were pleasantly surprised to see that the Times decoded the back of their photographs as a way to enhance their historical value.
Explanation of the back of New York Times photographs. To see the original on the Lively Morgue, click here and scroll down.
Below is the back of the Boston Herald’s photograph of Senator Lodge’s funeral. There are similarities, including caption, photographic news agency (in this case United Newspictures, Inc. of New York), and a reference number. You can learn a lot from the back of a photograph.
Back of “Senator Lodge Borne to Rest,” November 17, 1924, Boston Herald. Photograph by United Newspictures, Inc. Cambridge Public Library Archives and Special Collections, Boston Herald Photographs (008).