Mayhew Collection
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Collection Identifier(s)
[Laurence Bray--home movies], 1206
Laurence Bray
Credit: Laurence Bray home movies, Mayhew Collection, Northeast Historic Film.
Credit: Laurence Bray home movies, Mayhew Collection, Northeast Historic Film. Setting lobster traps, 1951.
Primary Format and Extent
film (12,600 ft.) : si., b&w and col. ; 8 mm. reversal pos.
Collection Date Range
1949 - 1958
The Mayhew Collection contains 23 reels of 8 mm. film shot by Laurence Bray between 1949 and 1958. Footage depicts snowy winter scenes, summer family outings including picnics, fishing, hunting, camping activities, gardens and family pets. Films show corn and potato farming, agriculture, farm animals, and other rural scenes. Urban scenes in Boston include a horse race, street crowds, and views of the Mystic River Bridge. Both Boston footage and rural scenes in the Mayhew Collection have been used in Northeast Historic Film compilations.
Biographical/Historical Notes
Laurence Bray was born in Cherryfield, Maine, and worked for many years as an electrician for an armature manufacturer in Boston. The company's factory was torn down to construct the Mystic River Bridge. He and his wife moved back to Cherryfield due to her mother's declining health, and he lived in this homestead after his wife died. Eva and Robert Mayhew, close friends, were bequeathed the house when Laurence died in 1980.
People and Organizations
Bray Family
Northeast Historic Film
Access is restricted; consult repository for detail.
Condition Governing Reproduction and Use
Authorization to reuse and/or reproduce must be obtained from Northeast Historic Film. See for more information.
Items in this collection: 24
Showing 1 - 10 of 24:
1) [Laurence Bray--home movies] Reel 2
Family activities. Dog. Boston street scene. Large group of elderly people in rural area. Fields. Construction site. Man planting. Women with dog. Boy playing with cat. Women with cloth...more
2) [Laurence Bray--home movies] Reel 3
Pets. Horse race. Boston. Rural yard. Shore. Homes. Cows. Old car. Hunters' camp with snow falling. Chopping wood. Family.more
3) [Laurence Bray--home movies] Reel 4
Harbor. Snowy woods and houses. Man pushing power snow shovel. Downtown Boston. Rural yard. Boston Harbor. Rural snow scene. Slow pan of snowy trees and street. Family watching horse. C...more
4) [Laurence Bray--home movies] Reel 5
Family. House. Cars. Cat. Boat named Bowdoin [Schooner Bowdoin](?). Women and man with goats outside barn. Dalmatian. Chickens. Boston terrier. Fishing. View of water from boat. Shoals....more
5) [Laurence Bray--home movies] Reel 1
Fishing. Men paddling canoe. Barn. Women in field. Men posing. Pan of potato field. Coast. Fishing. Men make fire on shore for picnic. Fishing. Snowmobiling.more
6) [Laurence Bray--home movies] Reel 6
Barbecue. Horse race. Men working on roof. Potato crop. Shots from moving car of trees with autumn color. Man in tractor pulling kids on sled. Elderly people posing with fish. Logs floa...more
7) [Laurence Bray--home movies] Reel 7
Pan of town, building of barn. Woods. Coast. Pan of house. Dog running. Note on film box: 'Cherryfield 1950.'more
8) [Laurence Bray--home movies] Reel 8
People in front of house. High angle pan of woods. Pan of stream areas. Women in coats standing on rocks. Pan of coast and woods. Stream with small rocky falls. Note on film box: 'McCar...more
9) [Laurence Bray--home movies] Reel 9
Camping near coast. Man fishing. Dog swimming. Pan of woods and rocks. Homes. View of water and coast from speedboat. Man lobstering and holding lobsters and trap. Men building roof. El...more
10) [Laurence Bray--home movies] Reel 10
Pan of snow scene including homes, street, shore. Snowplow moving down street. Elderly couple. Man riding tractor. Women walking in front of barn. Film box stamped 'August 5.'more
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