Porter Thayer Exhibit

Brattleboro Memorial Hospital has purchased sixteen prints by the early 20th-century Vermont photographer, Porter Thayer, and has them on exhibit in the hospital’s administrative wing.

Steven R. Gordon, BMH president and CEO, received permission from the William Thayer Family to have the selected photographs enlarged and framed for display. The selected photographs include depictions of Western Avenue, Elliot Street, the West River, a Memorial Day Parade and hill scenery. The reproduction work was done by Lotus Graphics of Brattleboro.

Born in Williamsville, Vermont, Porter Thayer (1882-1972) was a farmer who began photographing Windham County in the early 1900s and selling them as postcards to tourists. The Brooks Memorial Library holds a collection of 1,300 of Thayer’s photographs, scanned from silver gelatin prints. The prints were made in 1980 from the 5×7 glass plate negatives created by Porter Thayer. These images are also available on microfilm at the library.