If you thought you’ve seen all there is to see of “Double Take:” Chatham then and now at the Atwood House & Museum, you haven’t. There’s more!
So many Chatham panorama views and photographs from the early 1900s were discovered in the attic of the Mayflower shop, that we are replacing a dozen of those on exhibit with additional shots, many alongside to the same views today, on Tuesday, Aug. 14.
For those who haven’t stopped by the Atwood House & Museum yet this summer, now’s the time to see this remarkable exhibit before it changes. For those who have seen it, come back to see what’s new.
Thanks to an incredible attic find, visitors to the Atwood House & Museum can see panoramic views of Chatham as it was in the early 1900s next to the same views today and compare just how much things have changed – or not.
“Double Take: Historical & Current Panoramic Photographs of Chatham” is the result of a year of curating a remarkable collection of negatives and then taking pictures of the same views by museum Archivist Jean Young and her husband, Andy Young.
The glass and acetate negatives were discovered in a box in the attic of the Mayflower Shop at the center of town by its previous owners, William and Jacqueline Cotter. The negatives are believed to be a remnant of the Mayflower Studio, operated at the same location by photographers Charles Smallhoff and Harold Sawyer, both known for taking local photographs that were used for postcards in the early 1900s.
The collection was given to the museum by Christine Padgett, a granddaughter of the Cotters, as a memorial to her grandparents.
All told, the collection includes 30 glass plate and 62 acetate negatives, ranging in size from 3 by 4 inches to 8 by 10 inches and 62 panoramas, generally measuring 3.5 by 11.5 inches. The panoramas are mostly views of Chatham, with a few of Harwich or other Cape Cod towns. Thirty-eight of the panoramas have been scanned for the archives and digitally restored for printing. Prints are available for sale through the museum’s Gift Shop.
New on display will be 12 mounted prints, six of them next to current views photographed during the past year by Andy Young. Look for views of Oyster River, Oyster Pond, Sears Point, Black Pond, Cotchpinicut Landing and the George Kendrick house and more.
The Atwood House & Museum is located at 347 Stage Harbor Rd., Chatham. Hours are Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Admission is free for members; $10 for adults; students (ages 8-18), $5; children (ages 7 and under), free.
For details on the exhibit, visit www.chathamhistorical.org.