A Tribute to Alice May Curtis, 1871-1961

I own 4,000 of Alice M. Curtis's original negatives, and other material.  Born in Gloucester in 1871, Alice passed away in this city 90 years later. In this self portrait, she's reflected with her tripod in her dresser mirror. I think it's about time I published this photo and gave her some credit. She photographed ordinary things, such as her friends' gardens and indoor arrangements. In the future, this will be invaluable documentary coverage of how people lived at that time.

I own 4,000 of Alice M. Curtis’s original negatives, and other material. Born in Gloucester in 1871, Alice passed away in this city 90 years later. In this self portrait, she’s reflected with her tripod in her dresser mirror. I think it’s about time I published this photo and gave her some credit. She photographed ordinary things, such as her friends’ gardens and indoor arrangements. In the future, this will be invaluable documentary coverage of how people lived at that time.

About Fredrik Bodin

Fred Bodin is a photographer who owns a gallery on Main Street in downtown Gloucester, MA. The gallery features Fred's land and seascapes, as well as historic images printed from the old negatives.
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13 Responses to A Tribute to Alice May Curtis, 1871-1961

  1. How wonderful! Nice to see this post. I suppose that is why people trust their histories to you ~

  2. Jim Clyde says:

    The first “selfie”????

  3. Wow, that is really interesting..

  4. Anonymous says:

    Relative of the Curtis sisters from Manchester? The Curtis Cup in golf was named for them. The Curtis Cup is like the Ryder Cup but for the top amateur women golfers.

  5. Fredrik Bodin says:

    Alice is probably in her 60′s in this photo. The camera she has is most likely a Rolleiflex twin lens reflex, which shoots 2 1/4 x 2 1/4 inch film. A miniature camera in those days. As technology changes, we adapt, as we are with the film to digital transition today.

  6. I’m sure Alice is very happy you ended up with them!

  7. Fredrik Bodin says:

    Thanks James. I feel like I know her, although we’ve never met. I was only 11 years old and living in NY in 1961 when she passed. When I adopted Gloucester, Alice was part of that family. When I sell or donate the collection, it will have to be to someone special. There’s a lot of good material in there.

  8. Kim Smith says:

    Terrific to see Alice May Curtis’s self-portrait–selfie–Fred, with a little background! Thank you for sharing.

  9. Dave Moore says:

    Fred, Very good article and tribute here!! I am not sure but this name sounds familiar -Addison Gilbert Hospital connection and lived in or around Annisquam or Lanesville area the name sounds very familiar to me? Long time ago for me…But I’ll give mom a call tomorrow and see if she may remember more as she grew up that way mid 1935 I believe to 1968. Lived both in Lanesville and Bayview Dave :-)

  10. Dave Moore says:

    Follow-up I did call mom she did not recall the name the name…I realize all this history is vital and we need to keep it documented for those who follow! That’s why I love the history I was part of it but to some if you are physically not there in location you are considered an outsider that’s SAD!!
    Dave

  11. Dave Moore says:

    PS I was born in MASS Somnerville St Elizibeths hospital 1955…and lived in that area and lanceville before mom remarried and we moved westaward with Step Dad! :-)

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