Ernest Harold Baynes
In 1904, Ernest Harold Baynes (1868-1925) came to live and work in Corbin's Park, a 28,000 acre game preserve in Sullivan County, NH, established by railroad magnate Austin Corbin. Baynes worked as a naturalist and both he and his wife, Louise Birt O'Connel, photographed the animals and birds in the park. The park was fenced and contained elk, wild boar, deer, bear and many other species. At Baynes' suggestion, a small herd of American bison was also introduced to the park.1
"Baynes championed the national campaign to save the nearly extinct buffalo. He elicited help from President Theodore Roosevelt, who had visited Corbin's Parm in 1902... Baynes was instrumental in the formation of the American Bison Society in 1905 which lobied Congress to provide refuges and ranges for herds whose nuclei often came from Corbin's Park..."1 In addition, Baynes established the Meriden Bird Club in 1910, the first bird club in the United States.
Over a period of years, Baynes traveled the country giving lectures aimed at saving the buffalo from extinction and ending the practice of using bird's plumage as decoration for women's hats. Baynes also collected photographs (glass slides) illustrating the use of animals in World War I.
The images which follow are samples from Baynes' collection of glass slides which volunteers from the Plainfield Historical Society scanned in 2016.