Montpelier - Glass Plate Negatives


This collection contains photographs taken by an unidentified photographer from Montpelier, Vermont, on glass plate negatives. The photographer was very familiar with the flat portion of Berlin Street; many of the photographs were taken from the perspective of today's Dunkin' Donuts.

Although unidentified on the photographs, the photographer was probably Ernest Ide, a 19-year-old resident of East Calais who frequently stayed with his uncle, Oliver Wheelock, at 51 Berlin Street (today's Dunkin' Donuts). In the 1899 census  shows Ernest Ide living with Oliver and Olive Wheelock, although he may have been just visiting them in their large house.

The photographs were probably taken between 1893 and 1898, based on the type of bicylces pictures and the presence of the Arch Bridge over the Winooski River.

A few images have been identified, but many have not been. Houses in Montpelier at 51, 77, and 93 Berlin Street have been identified, as well as one at 11 First Avenue and one at 14 Ridge Street. One house in East Calais has been identified.  Some of the other scenes may not be in Montpelier, but most are probably from the Capital City or the surrounding area.

Samples from Montpelier Glass Plate Collection


  • Vermont Historical Society

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Montpelier as Seen from Berlin Street Hill
View of Montpelier as seen from Berlin Street, perhaps at the intersection of Phelps Street. The Winooski River can be seen below and the Vermont State House is in the distance. 184 Berlin Street can be seen at the right and 169 Berlin Street is on…

Bicycle and Granite Sheds
A bicycle rests in a ditch along Berlin Street, Montpelier, Vermont. Across the Winooski River is a granite shed and on top of the hill is Vermont Methodist Seminary.

Montpelier Along Winooski
A photograph of the town of Montpelier, Vermont, from across the Winooski River.