In the two decades before World War I, Bullard made over 200 portraits of people of color in his neighborhood, capturing them in their yards, gardens, and living rooms. Portrait of James J. and Jennie Bradley Johnson Family. James J.
The glass negatives that Bullard left behind gathered dust until a few years ago, when Frank Morrill, the steward of the collection, started collaborating with students at Clark University to research the lives of the portrait sitters, using Bullard’s logbook to link faces to names.
Born and raised in the city of Worcester, Massachusetts, William Bullard worked as a photographer without a studio, visiting clients around the town with his camera strapped to his bicycle.
Born in New Bern, North Carolina, in 1880, William Ward was part of an extended family that began migrating to Worcester soon after the Civil War.
Musters usually lasted two days, attracting the attendance of thousands and consisting of skill based competitions between local and visiting fire companies. Portrait of David T. Oswell with His Viola.
Portrait of Hattie, James Harold, and Clarence Ward.
Hattie worked as an assistant in a dentist’s office. Portrait of Richard G. Brown. Richard G.
Portrait of Members of the Worcester Veterans Firemen’s Association.
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