The Bradley Collection

(1991, Number 24 in a Series)
Home from School
McCullough Road off Stoughstown Road
South Newton Township, Cumberland County
January 11, 1991

The beautiful photo “Home from School” has been selected to represent the 2017 Cumberland Pathways conference. This photo is part of the Jim Bradley Photograph Collection now housed with the Cumberland County Historical Society. Selected photos from this collection will be on display at the Cumberland Pathways Opening Reception to be held Friday night, October 20th. Framed prints will be available for purchase via a silent auction with proceeds going to offset the cost of the reception.

Jim Bradley has been photographing the people, places, and events of the mid-state for more than 50 years. His photos of activities and life in Cumberland and surrounding counties add immensely to the documentation of our local and regional history. In addition, his collection contains a significant amount of family and genealogical material that documents the Bradleys and related families. His photo collection likely numbers over one million photographs and negatives. His photos of railroad-related subjects of the mid-Atlantic area document the history and significance of the train industry. The Mary and James Bradley Library Collection contains railroad history, including timetables and railroad periodicals that the Bradleys collected because of their interest in railroading.

He has a special interest in Cumberland County because he was raised in South Middleton Township and is a graduate of Boiling Springs High School, Class of 1953. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1953-1957 and graduated from the U.S. Navy Photography “A” School in Pensacola, Florida. From 1957 to 1987 he worked for Allied-Pix Service, the commercial photography studio that supplied photographs for the Patriot-News Company newspapers.

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