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Milford Baker Construction Photographs
1928 | 1929 | 1930


Milford Baker was born in Moscow, Maine on May 12, 1899, the eldest son of Elmer and Nettie M. (Haynes) Baker. He graduated from Bingham High School in 1917 and worked for a time in the lumbering operations of Forrest H. Colby in Rockwood.

Milford began his career as a photographer in about 1923, eventually setting up a studio in Bingham near the banks of Austin Stream. He specialized in regional landscape photographs, some of which he painstakingly colorized in oil.

In 1928, he began photographing the construction of Wyman Dam and set up a concession stand near the visitor center at the site, where he sold his photographic postcards.

In 1929, Milford married Rubie Ellen Carpenter of Skowhegan and they made their home in Bingham.

Milford Baker drowned in the salmon pool directly below Wyman Dam on May 1, 1933, while fishing with friends.

Milford Baker, 1922
Photograph from the Sterling Collection

  The Society is grateful for the generosity of Milford Baker's nephew, who has provided photographs for this archive.

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