Here are a series of fox hunting photos that I took nearly 50 years when the Millwood Hunt Club was still active. It was established in 1866, the first hunt club in New England. I mentioned this traditional event in another forum, but only found the negatives a few days ago..
There are still many areas in this-- the largest town in America, so they claim--that look like the most rural areas of New England. Lots of pastures and open areas and many contiguous ones, which qualified the Millwood Hunt Club as an acceptable fox hunting venue.
Before you are turned off with an animal lover's distaste for a traditional fox hunt, let me explain no real fox was used, only its scent. The pelt of a fox was dragged through the pre-selected area before the hunters assembled. This is equivalent to countries that have bull fights where the bull is not killed. There was no blood and gore in the Framingham fox hunts, at least when I observed them.
There were kennels for the hounds, everyone dressed in proper gear, and they used all the ephemera that went along with the costumed event. Hunting horns and a hunt master was present who organized and officially started the hunt. Surprising for me was the amount of women who participated, which was very avant- gande
for the early 60s, really!
Basta with words, let's see some photos!
Millwoood Hunt Club, Framingham, MA circa 1960
Leica IIf, Summitar 50/2, Plus X, D76 stock,