Watching Tom Bailey Grow Up
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Young Tom Bailey / SeacoastNH.comPORTSMOUTH’S BAD BOY

Look into those not-so-innocent eyes. This is real ‘bad boy" as he looked roughly during the time TB Alcrich lived in Portsmouth, NH. Now move the time machine forward and watch him grow. This series of amazing photos tracks the once famous author from juvenile delinquent to Atlantic Monthly editor. Click on each set of images to see large pictures of the evolving author of "Story of a Bad Boy" and "Old Town by the Sea".

 

 

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Thomas Bailey Aldrich’s Life in Photographs

Aldrich at age 27 / SeacoastNH.comEven in his early 70s, Thomas Bailey Aldrich had an impish twinkle in his eye and the look of the boy he had been long ago. We have a clear photographic record of the popular writer from his youthful days in Portsmouth, NH, to New York, as a journalist in the Civil War, a youthful writer and a mature editor.

Like one of the Lost Boys from Peter Pan, Aldrich in many ways, never grew up. Today his childhood homes has been restored to the way it appears in his classic novel Story of a Bad Boy, now at Strawbery Banke Museum. Images here come largely from his only two biographies -- the first by Ferris Greenslet (1907) and "Crowding Memories" by Mrs. Thomas Bailey Aldrich (1920). -- JDR

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Tom as a Boy / SeacoastNh.com

TB Aldrich Young Man / SeacoastNH.com

TB Alcrich / SeacoastNH.com

Mature & Elderly TBA/SeacoastNH.com

 


 
Thomas Bailey Aldrich Life in Pictures (continued)

TB Aldrich as a young bad Boy / SeacoastNH.com

Young Tom Aldrich from an early edition of 'Story of a Bad Boy"

Drawing of Aldrich in Revolutionary regalia / SeacoastNH.com

Painting of Tom in Revolutionary War "regimentals"


 
Thomas Bailey Aldrich Life in Pictures (continued)

Aldrich at 18/ SeacoastNH.com
Aldrich at 18

Thomas Bailey Aldrich at 18/ SeacoastNH.com
Aldrich at 19

 


 
Thomas Bailey Aldrich Life in Pictures (continued)

Thomas Bailey Aldrich / SeacoastNH.com
TB Alcrich at 30

Thomas Bailey Aldrich / SeacoastNH.com
Aldrich at 32


 
Thomas Bailey Aldrich Life in Pictures (continued)

Thomas Bailey Aldrich / SeacoastNH.com
TBA at 44

Atlantic Monthly editor Thomas Bailey Aldrich /SeacoastNH.com
Aldrich in his 40s

Elderly Aldrich prior to his death in 1907/ SeacoastNH.com

Elderly Aldrich before his death in 1907