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“Ralph Mendis on a Stoop,” photographed by William Bullard about 1902; printed 2016, archival inkjet print on Epson Hot Press Natural paper; facsimile produced from glass plate negatives lent by Frank J. Morrill.

“Ralph Mendis on a Stoop,” photographed by William Bullard about 1902; printed 2016, archival inkjet print on Epson Hot Press Natural paper; facsimile produced from glass plate negatives lent by Frank J. Morrill.

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William Bullard (1876-1918), a white Yankee resident of Beaver Brook, took portraits of his neighbors over 20 years, from 1897 to 1917, amassing more than 5,400 gelatin sliver dry plate negatives.