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Catalog Number 227
Object Name Photograph
Scope & Content ms 227
Art and Marion Wilkins Collection
5 boxes (2 linear feet) + Oversized Items

The Collection consists primarily of photographic prints and negatives which Art (Artemus) and Marion Wilkins produced during their years in Bridgton, along with a few papers, news clippings and ephemera related to their photography business and Laundromat. Many of the photographs are unidentified studio portraits, and there are also a few earlier glass plate negatives from the area.

Art Wilkins, was born in Londonderry, Vermont, and Marion (Chapin) Wilkins, his wife, was born in Brattleboro. He was a machinist and railroad enthusiast. He and Marion spent spare time photographing various types of rolling stock. After World War II the couple moved to Bridgton, where they operated a photo studio specializing in photo finishing, portraits (particularly children's portraits, which became Marion's specialty) and some commercial photography. They also produced a large number of photographs of Bridgton and the surrounding area. Their best-known work is a series of photographs of the Flood of 1953, which were published as a small photo booklet. They also ran the Shoppers Laundromat. Their daughter, Dorothy, married Andrew Sanborn of Bridgton; they were the parents of Drew Sanborn, who donated this collection to Bridgton Historical Society.

Container List

Box 1
Folder 1 Newspaper Article re: Art & Marion Wilkins, miscellaneous papers and
ephemera related to their business, daughter Dorothy Wilkins Sanborn, and grandson Drew Sanborn.
2Correspondence re: Insurance Policy and title search for property on Ridge Road, 1945.
3Lease and Letterhead for Shoppers Laundromat
4Photographs of and by Art and Marion Wilkins, including photo shop window and general scenic views
5Unidentified Studio Portraits
6Photographs of unidentified theatrical performances
7Booklet: Flood Scenes, Bridgton, Maine and Vicinity, March 27, 1953 (2 copies)

Box 2
BinderPhotographic Prints (most black and white), subjects include: Shopper's Laundromat, High School and unidentified band concert, Stevens Brook dams, Parades and Celebrations, School bus, First Grade ca. 1949/50, US Forest Service Employees, Highland Lake, Moose Pond, Wilkins Photo Service window, Andrew Sanborn and other family members and scenes, prints from glass plate negatives (many in Box 4), Snowstorm, 1953 Flood (many not published), and "Taking down the old barn" series.

Box 3Medium Format Black and White Negatives, subjects include: Flood of 1953, Hurricane damage, Bridgton Shoe CO. construction, Laundromat, Bridgton Armory construction, Post Office, Bridgton Fire, Bridgton Primary School, and miscellaneous subjects.

Box 43½" x 5 ½"B&W Negatives: Bridgton & North Bridgton street scenes, Moose Pond/Pleasant Mt. from causeway, lakes, scenic views, "Norway, Paris Mexico, etc." sign, First Congregational Church, 1888 Bird's Eye View of Bridgton, boats, etc.
5" x 7" Glass Plate Negatives: includes unidentified people and scenes, a theatrical performance with Asian costumes, panorama from Bridgton Highlands, hunting and fishing images, Maine State Building from 1893 World's Fair (copy neg), etc.
4" x 5" Glass Plate Negatives: Aftermath of a fire, a cow, a hunter with snowshoes, Civil War soldier (copy neg. presumably), dirt road.
Smaller box with unidentified 2 ¼ x 2 ¼" 2-negative strips of unidentified studio portraits.

Box 5Glass Plate Negatives, Poor condition and damaged.
6 ½" x 8 ½"
Sawmill; groups of people; horse and wagon in woods, group of men with shovels (possibly railroad)
2 colored 3 ¼" x 4" lantern slides, no identification, one military (Civil War?)
Oversized (FF 1, Drawer 4):
Matted black & white print, 10" x 13" (mat 20" x 16") of Stevens Brook dam in winter (2013.12). Signed A.O. Wilkins on mat; mat is acidic.
Three 16" x 20" prints of flood pictures
Seven 17 ½" x 22" prints of flood pictures mounted on acidic 20" x 24" mat board
Group panoramic photo, New England Photographers Convention, 1950
, 1951
Panorama, 3 ¼ " x 14", Ingalls Grove, 1919, on 6 ¼" x 16 ½" board. Poor condition.
11" x 14" view from Highland Road
_______ Stevens Brook in winter (torn, similar to mounted print)

Title Wilkins Photograph Collection
Other number ms227