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Martha's Vineyard Museum MV Museum

EOD2015

1892

From The Caper Club at the Cedars

Charles Gilbert Hine (1859–1931)

Cyanotype

Donated in memory of Mary Risk Hine


Charles Gilbert Hine was a longtime summer resident of Vineyard Haven, lending his name to Hines Point, the land that juts out into Lagoon Pond. An avid amateur photographer, Hine was a founder of the Newark Camera Club in his winter home of New Jersey and created a body of writing and photographs that record the good life as lived on Martha's Vineyard from the 1880s through the 1920s.

Every summer, Hine photographed his family and guests walking at the beach, picnicking, relaxing on the porch, and playing with their pets. Every winter he made the photos, histories, and reminiscences into his "annuals," albums that he wrote and bound and gave to friends.

The Museum has twelve of these handmade albums, all slightly different from each other. It is not just the tipped-in photographs with handwritten captions that give the albums their character. The creative photography, incorporating the blue cyanotypes and gelatin silver prints, together with attractive and unusual binding and Hine's relaxed writing style resulted in keepsakes that offer an invaluable record of a summer family devoted to the Vineyard.

In 1908 Hine published a short history of Martha's Vineyard derived in part from his annuals. He titled it, The story of Martha's Vineyard, from the lips of its inhabitants, newspaper files and those who have visited its shores, including stray notes on local history and industries, collected and arranged by C. G. Hine and illustrated by C. G. and Thos. A. Hine.