When he came to Allagash, Maine, for the first time in the summer of 1927, no one, including Philip Calvin Hughey Sr., could have imagined that he would return nearly every summer to this tiny community until he retired there in 1970. Reverend HugheyMoreWhen he came to Allagash, Maine, for the first time in the summer of 1927, no one, including Philip Calvin Hughey Sr., could have imagined that he would return nearly every summer to this tiny community until he retired there in 1970.
Reverend Hughey was well educated, with strong ties to his native Portland, Maine, and the surrounding area. He married into the Walsh family, whose members were also highly literate and influential in the religious community in North America. But, just like the members of the Walsh family, Philip Calvin Hughey Sr. fell in love with Allagash and its people.While preaching at the Ruggles Street Baptist Church in Boston, Massachusetts, in the 1930s, Reverend Hughey started photographing the Allagash to show members of his church what life was like in this remote village in northern Maine.
People came forward to donate rudimentary medical supplies so that Reverend Hughey could assist in caring for victims of minor accidents and attend to other health needs until a doctor could be reached.Allagash Summers contains the photographs created by Reverend Hughey and members of his family. Reverend Hughey would instruct the photography lab in Boston, where he had his film processed, on what colors should be applied to his black and white transparencies.
Once the tinting process was finished the images were sandwiched between two pieces of glass, creating lantern slides that were projected onto a screen. These colored images in Allagash Summers are supplemented by a number of black and white photographs scanned directly from original negatives.Although identities of the individuals appearing in these images and the specifics of location and composition are well documented in this endeavor, these photographs have an appeal that transcends mere documentation.