Biographical Notes on E.C. Eddy, Photographer


There are quite a few real photo postcards by E.C. Eddy on our North Carolina Postcards website. I was curious to find out more about him, and the only mention I could find was in an edition of the “Images of America” series titled, “Around Southern Pines: A Sandhills Album, Photographs by E.C. Eddy,” by Stephen E. Massengill, 1998.

E.C. Eddy was born in New Hampshire in 1882 and moved to Pinehurst, N.C. in 1907 to assist the photographer Edmond L. Merrow in taking pictures of travelers at a resort. Eddy eventually set up his own studio, and would travel with his family back and forth between North Carolina winters and New Hampshire summers in order to catch both locations during their peak tourist season.

The image below is taken from Massengill’s book, and shows the type of scaffold system Eddy used to take bird’s-eye view photographs. It is likely he used a similar set up to photograph the downtown scene of Southern Pines shown above.

Eddy had a 38 year career as a photographer in North Carolina, and we know many of his surviving photos because local merchants frequently bought the images in order to reproduce them as postcards.

10 thoughts on “Biographical Notes on E.C. Eddy, Photographer”

  1. speaking of possum postcards: theres a postcard among the collection’s political pinbacks depicting president taft as ‘billy possum’ wearing a “watch charlotte grow” button en route to meck dec day, 1909… (taft’s possum was not very successful knockoff of tr’s bear)… cartoon seems to signed ‘hen’…. btw, festivities included dedication of the realty (later independence) bldg, nc’s skyscraper first steel frame bldg and first skyscraper (12 stories)…

  2. I have an original photo painting by E.C. Eddy it is signed by him. I had been trying to find out some more about him can anyone help me out

    1. Hi Renee, I’ve tripped over this sight lately and wondered if you ever got a reply? I’m E.C.Eddys grandson with many of his photos, belongings,etc. The photo you have sounds like one called Haggard, but he was prolific in local scenery shots. If you want you can contact at wysi59@gmail.com. Thanks

      1. Now, I need to correct my mistake of sending you this response. It was intended for Greg, a few comments down. You didn’t describe your photo, but would be happy to hear of it. Thanks

    2. E.C. Eddy was my grandfather (my mother’s father). She was the middle of three girls. Sadly he passed when I was only about ten years old, in New Port Richey FL where he and my grandmother spent winters in their later years. He was a wonderful man and I wish I could have known him better and longer. His early photographs were wonderful for historical, educational and sentimental value. They showed the early area, development and life of Southern Pines, Pinehurst & Aberdeen NC. It’s great to know that his photography work is so appreciated even now!

  3. On March 25, 1911, Ellsworth C. Eddy was a passenger in the first airplane to visit Pinehurst NC. The pilot was Lincoln Beachey, famed pilot (and stunt pilot) during that time. Eddy brought his camera along and, as far as I can tell, was the first person to take an aerial photograph over North Carolina. Any challenges on that?

  4. I have a photo of trees along a road with Eddy’s studio and town on the back. Bought it in Connecticut years ago. Thoughts?

    1. Greg, this is probably a shot of one of E.C. Eddys (my grandfather) more popular images of tall pines lining a sandy woods road titled Haggards, or Thaggards.

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