Russ H. Gilbert Photographs

Dublin Core


A collection of over 500 photographs taken by Russ H. Gilbert of people, commerical buildings, factories, farms and special events in the city of Chicopee, Mass between the years 1917-1922.


Russ H. Gilbert


c. 1917-1922

Items in the Russ H. Gilbert Photographs Collection

Workers loading onto truck
Jitneys transporting people during the holdup of the Holyoke trolleys on Grattan Street.

Polish Parade
Local Polish people on the 130th anniversary of the adoption of the Polish Constitution

"What did you wake me up for?"
A cat sits on the porch of a Chicopee resident.

Center Street
Men standing on sidewalk of Center Street on Market Square with view of City Hall.

Exchange Street
Man walking across Exchange Street on Gasless Sunday, September 1, 1918.

West Main Street
West Main Street during Gasless Sunday, September 1, 1918 at 4 o'clock.

Crowd at Fisk plant
Crowd at Fisk plant contributing to the Salvation Army Drive.

Crowd at Fisk plant
Crowd at Fisk plant contributing to the Salvation Army Drive.

Volunteers at Salvation Army Drive
The whole bunch of workers at Salvation Army Drive- "Charlie" A. Ludden (Chairman).

United Presbyterian Church
United Presbyterian Church located on busy Market Square with pedestrians and cars passing by.

James J. Jennings
Alderman James J. Jennings stands talking to unidentified man outside Dr. Fred B. Grady's Dentist office.

Exhibition of Club work
Two women pose in a classroom at the Montcalm School with display of hats, shoes, musical instruments, etc.

Boy at work in corn field
Boy wearing sun hat posing with hoe in cornfield behind houses.

Young Gardener at work
Boy working in a vegetable garden.

Miss Driscoll and a gardener of Willimansett
Woman and boy in sun hats standing in vegetable field on farm.

Aldenville Canning Club Member
Member of the Aldenville Canning Club standing next to table with jarred goods and sign "Champion Canner of Chicopee Mass"

Aldenville Canning Club Members
Three young members of the Aldenville Canning Club standing with their jarred goods.

Elderly Fairview Woman
Fairview woman of 73 years working in her garden.

Front Street
View of Front Street from front entrance of Chicopee High School.

Chicopee High School Side View
View of Chicopee High School from corner of Front Street & Academy Street in winter.

Chicopee High School Front Entrance
Chicopee High School Front Street entrance with view of clock.

Chicopee High School, Soldiers & Sailors Monument
World War I Memorial: Soldiers & Sailors Monument in front of Chicopee High School on Front Street.

Trilby Avenue
Street view of homes, trees, and a boy with a ball on Trilby Avenue in Aldenville.

Snowy Chicopee River & Fisk Plant
Winter landscape view of the Fisk Tire Plant looking toward the Falls on the Chicopee River from the Chicopee Isolation Hospital.

Howard Street
Street view of homes on Howard Street located between Springfield and School Streets.

Fairview Avenue
Street view of trees, fences and houses on Fairview Avenue.

Exchange Street & Market Square
Men, women, children, and dog walking and talking on sidewalk at corner of Exchange and Center Street at Market Square with view of City Hall and Ames.

Section of flower garden of Mrs. Mary S. Bemis
Landscape view with flower garden of Mrs. Mary S. Bemis.

Views near Municipal Lighting Plant
Train tracks running behind Chicopee Electric Company on Front Street.

Chicopee River & Fisk Plant
Landscape view of clotheslines, Chicopee River, Fisk Tire Plant and smoke stack.

More homes of Chicopee Mfg. Co. operative
South side of Main Street looking west from Grove street, showing excellent condition of street and homes of Chicopee Manufacturing Company empolyees.

Dwight Mills operative homes
Four story brick building that was home to Dwight Mill operatives with man, women, and children walking by.

Boarding House of Dwight Mfg. Co.
Local home and boarding house with people walking on the sidewalk and sitting on the porch.

Three Deckers
Homes known as "three deckers" on Front Street, opposite the high school on Front Street.

The Cohn Home
Cohn family home on the corner of Cabot and School Streets with boy walking on sidewalk.

Walsh Block, Public Library, City Hall
City blocks with view of city hall, public library, Ames smoke stack, and railroad station.

Three Deckers on Riverview Terrace
View of four "three decker" apartment buildings from Riverview Terrace.

Dwight Mill Tenements (home)
Dwight Mill Tenements with boy jumping off the sidewalk into street. Dwight Manufacturing Company gates in background.

Testing the new pump
Acting Fire Chief Frank J.G. Thetreault, Mayor James E. Higgins and Mechanic Frank Jerusik testing a new Lefrance pump.

Blocks on south side of Main Street
Street view of apartment blocks with a trolley, car and Fisk Rubber Company factory smoke stack.

Corner view of Starczyk's building
Corner view of prominent business building located at the corner of Springfield and Exchange Streets in downtown Market Square. People can be seen walking on the sidewalk and crossing Exchange Street.

Public library, City Hall, Market Square
Public library on Center Street with bunting, street view with cars and woman walking.

Fire in one of the oldest buildings in Chicopee Falls, May 7, 1921 (Williams Market)
Firemen with a hose are seen climbing a ladder to put out a fire on the top floor of the Williams Market, which was located at 103 Main Street in Chicopee Falls. Smoke can be seen pouring out of the round window near the roof of the market.

Fire in one of the oldest buildings in Chicopee Falls, May 7, 1921
Spectators gather on Main Street in Chicopee Falls to watch a fire in an old wooden frame building. Hanging above the crowd are electrical trolley wires. These wires powered the trolley cars which ran on Main Street in the 1920s.

Fire in one of the oldest buildings in Chicopee Falls, May 7, 1921 (Theater)
Crowd standing on the sidewalk to view the fire at the Williams Market on Main Street in Chicopee Falls. To the left, a white lamp marks the entrance of the Grand Theater which was a movie theater.

Chicopee covered bridge
Covered bridge built in 1846 connected Chicopee Center with Granby Road and Chicopee Street. The A.G. Spalding & Bros. building is directly to the left at the end of the bridge.

Gasless Sunday in Market Square
Pedestrians on left street corner gaze on a nearly empty square during World War I. City Hall is on the right and A.G. Spalding is in the background. During World War I the federal government proclaimed gasless Sundays in order to conserve gasoline.

Joseph M. Grise, of George Beesly Company, men's furnishings in Chicopee, speaks from the podium to the crowd assembled at the Montcalm School in Chicopee. School children holding small flags are standing in front of the podium. All are looking at…

Decorating the monument
School children in patriotic costumes form a ring around the World War I monument. In their hands they hold a large, extended sash. Near the monument a woman is laying a floral decoration, while two women assist and look on.

Red Cross people
Eight Red Cross nurses are standing adjacent to their truck. The nurse in the middle is holding an embroidered cross, the symbol of their organization. Two nurses, standing on each side of her, hold two small flags which frame the cross. Their…

Girls leading the procession
A group of young women lead the procession to the dedication of the World War I monument at the Montcalm School in Chicopee. They are carrying an oversized, unfurled American flag.

Singing by children
On the podium in front of the Montcalm School, school children are singing at the dedication ceremony of the World War I monument. Their choral director leads them and other school children are holding American flags standing in front of the podium.…

Mayor Higgins - Mr. Buckley
Chicopee Mayor, James E. Higgins, stands to the left on a decorated podium in front of the Montcalm School. Standing in a group on the right side of the podium is James C. Buckley, City Clerk and Chairman of the World War I Monument Dedication…

Monument unveiled
A closeup of the World War I monument after the formal unveiling ceremony. The top portion of the monument has an engraving of two American flags, one facing to the left and the other to the right. Under this engraving there is an inscription which…

Girl scouts and captain
A girl scout troop is standing in a two-by-two formation on the walkway of a public school. Preparing to march with their captain in the parade on Memorial Day, they are dressed in their scout uniforms and campaign hats. This was a type of hat worn…

F. H. Champion Scoutmaster
Scoutmaster Champion stands to the right of the scouts in his troop who are in a parade formation. Dressed in their uniforms and campaign hats, they are preparing to march in Chicopee on Memorial Day.

Boy scouts at Maple Grove Cemetery
On Memorial Day boy scouts are gathered for an observance at Maple Grove Cemetery. This cemetery is located on Auburn Street in Chicopee Center. Established in 1836, it was originally named the Cabotville Burying Ground.

Auto of the Pan-Greek Society
Men dressed in suits and summer hats are standing next to a colorful automobile on Exchange Street in Chicopee. The automobile is decorated with American flags, flowers, and patriotic bunting. It was entered in the Memorial Day parade by the…

Procession continues at Calvary Cemetery
A group of young women wearing summer dresses walk in the procession at Calvary Cemetery. Behind them is the long line of the procession led by by a marcher carrying the flag. Calvary consists of twenty-five acres of land and is on Hampden Street in…

Procession entering Calvary Cemetery
Led by policemen and a brass band, scouts enter Calvary Cemetery on Memorial Day. Calvary was built by John Chase in 1836 and it is one of the oldest Catholic cemeteries in Chicopee.

Polish girl scouts on Memorial Day
Four young girl scouts who are members of a troop sponsored by the "Polish National Alliance" are carrying a floral display on Memorial Day. A banner on the right side of the display shows the initials "PNA" which stand for the alliance.

Head of procession on Exchange Street
Young spectators are walking alongside a uniformed brass band which is leading a Memorial Day parade near Market Square in Chicopee center. Directly behind, the rest of the parade is making its way from the Square.

Procession on Exchange Street
On Memorial Day parade marchers are walking west on Exchange Street from Market Square in Chicopee center. On the left, a pipe band in kilts is playing and two marchers behind them are carrying flags.

Grandstand decorated for event
An empty grandstand on Memorial Day, 1921, decorated in red, white and blue bunting. In the background, spectators are awaiting the dignitaries who will preside at the ceremonies on this day.

Inscription on Soldiers & Sailors Monument
A front view of the plaque placed on the pedestal of the Soldiers & Sailors Monument. A metallic eagle is perched on the plaque which bears the following inscription: "Chicopee erects this monument in grateful memory of all her sons who served on…

Chicopee Memorial Day in 1921
A portion of the estimated 12,000 people who celebrated Memorial Day in Chicopee in 1921. The spectators, standing in front of the newly built Chicopee High School on Front Street, are gazing at the festivities near the monument.

The Soldiers & Sailors Monument
A view of a bronze statue done by Melzar H. Mozman, a prominent sculptor from Chicopee. The heroic woman stands on a pedestal of granite. In her right hand she holds a wreath, and in her left a shield which is a tribute to the fallen of World War I.

Charles J. Seaver
Mr. Seaver is walking westward in downtown Market Square. On the left is the Starzyk Building and on the right is the City Hall clock tower. Mr. Seaver was the treasurer of the Chicopee Savings Bank which was located in the square.

Miss Dyer and two girls with their beehives
Two young women from the Fairview section of Chicopee are standing behind their beehives. On the left is Miss Ethel T. Dyer who was the supervisor of the Aldenville Canning Club.

Bee distribution day
Collection of beehives which were distributed to students who tended the public school gardens in Chicopee.

View of Chicopee Falls Dam
View of the dam in Chicopee Falls. The dam was built in the 1820s as a power source for burgeoning industries. On the left is a cluster of buildings which was the Belcher and Taylor Agricultural Tool Company. After the Civil War they supplied…

"Y" at Willimansett
Area in the Willimansett section of Chicopee formed by the convergence of Chicopee and Meadow Streets resembling the letter Y. Looking southward, Meadow Street is on the left and Chicopee Street is on the right side. In the 1930s, the Y Cash Market,…

Front gates of A.G. Spalding & Bros.
Gatekeeper and watchman, John Sullivan, is seated on the right next to another individual at the entrance of A.G. Spalding & Bros., a manufacturer of sporting goods. Located in Chicopee center on the banks of the Chicopee River, Spalding had a metal…

Solin's Block
Solin's Market was located at 110 West Street in the west end of Chicopee. Grocer with apron is standing on the left under the awning of the market.

Hammersley's Building
Business block at 695 Grattan Street in the Aldenville section of Chicopee. Two men are standing in front of the Aldenville Cash Market; on the left is J. A. Lamothe Druggist.

Buckley's Newsroom window display
Buckley's Newsroom and Tobacco Shop was located at 268 Exchange Street, off of Market Square. The sign in the window is exhorting customers to buy liberty bonds to help finance the military expenses of World War I.

Starzyk Building
Front view of prominent business building located at thecorner of Springfield and Exchange Streets in downtown Market Square. A few people can be seen walking on the sidewalk in front of thebuilding past a small group that has gathered at the right