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The collection of photographic prints from the Edward H. Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History and Culture at Salisbury University documents the people of Maryland's Eastern Shore during the mid-20th century through the lens of photographer Orlando V. Wootten.

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Photograph taken November 20, 1958 of the skipjack Mary W. Somers double reefed (under reduced sail) on the Chesapeake Bay.

Collection Overview: The collection of photographic prints from the Edward H. Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History and Culture at Salisbury University documents the people of Maryland's Eastern Shore during the mid-20th century through the lens of photographer Orlando V. Wootten. Images depict scenes of communities who lived and worked on the water. Featured locations include Smith Island Harbor, Tangier Sound, Crisfield, and Deal Island.

The collection also documents other features of Eastern Shore culture including poultry production, melon farming, mill work, education and general family life.

Orlando V. Wootten (1909-1997), was born in Laurel, Delaware, to Orlando and Anna Wootten and graduated from Harvard University in 1932. Wootten operated Shore Maid Ice Cream Company in Salisbury, Maryland before joining the staff at The Daily Times as a journalist and photographer.

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