From Portland to Cambridge

A.E. Alden, photographer. H.W. and Edith Longfellow in front of Craigie House. Stereoscopic photograph, [1878]


*2001M-8, box 1. Purchased with the Bayard Livingston and Kate Gray Kilgour fund, 2001. Houghton Library.

The photographer, a paparazzo among nineteenth-century New Englanders, showed up unbidden outside Craigie House on 20 September 1878, much to Longfellow's chagrin: "there stood another photographer with his deadly instrument aimed at us" (to Eunice Farley Felton, 20 September 1878).