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D. W. Butterfield

Professional photographer David W. Butterfield of Roxbury, Massachusetts was born in 1844. He was known as the photographer of presidents, having taken pictures of Lincoln, McKinley, Grant and Coolidge, to name a few. He also photographed celebrities. He was very active in community affairs in his home town of Roxbury and also neighboring Cambridge.

In 1929 at the age of 85 D.W. Butterfield was still active and practicing photography. He is pictured below with his mammoth camera that had an extension of eleven feet and four inches, and the plate size was a square forty by forty inches. The plates were made specially for Butterfield's mammoth camera. He used this camera over the years to illustrate notable events.

Historic photographer David W. Butterfield died in 1933.


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