Welcome. Edgartown News was born from the simple fact that I have ink and Dektol in my veins and I need to write and photograph more than I need air or food, and from my love for this little town where I grew up and raised my family, the town I have left a few times but can't quite shake for good. Here you will find wanderings and musings, photographs and commentary; the people, places, and happenings - past and present - of a small island town: my home town.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Milton Jeffers

A recent query, by a young relative of Milton Jeffers' seeking photos of his late uncle, turned up these gems, taken circa 1975 in his welding shop on Pine Street.

In 1974, when Paul and I were first married, we rented Milton's little house off of Pine Street - that tiny cottage on Norton Orchard Road, next to the old train track, was a first house for many Edgartown young people - and before we moved in, we painted the place and fixed it up quite a bit. The rent was something like $50/month, but since we had done all that work, Milton wouldn't let us pay him for the longest time. "I'll let you know when your rent is due." I'm pretty sure it was at least a year before he let us pay him.

Paul and I spent quite a lot of time in Milton's shop - wow, what a happy mess that place was! - while he made our scallop drags, a couple of stainless steel dip-net frames, and other projects, all of which required a certain amount of nudging on our part since Milton was as fond of talking and telling stories as he was of working. Milton was one of the old timers who had a theory that the construction of the Cape Cod Canal changed our weather. A most interesting gentleman. These are scans of the original prints, shot on Tri-X and developed and printed in my home darkroom.


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Edgartown News, Sara Piazza Photography, Edgartown Photographer, Martha's Vineyard Photographer, Martha's Vineyard Family and Wedding Photographer, Milton Jeffers


Edgartown News, Sara Piazza Photography, Edgartown Photographer, Martha's Vineyard Photographer, Martha's Vineyard Family and Wedding Photographer, Milton Jeffers