Leslie Ronald Jones

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Leslie Ronald Jones
Leslie Jones sitting self portrait circa 1920.jpg
BornOctober 12, 1886
DiedDecember 8, 1967(1967-12-08) (aged 81)
Leslie Ronald Jones (1886-1967) signature from the WWI draft registration on June 5, 1917 (b&w).png

Leslie Ronald Jones (October 12, 1886 – December 8, 1967), was a Boston, Massachusetts photographer who worked for Boston Herald-Traveler newspaper for 39 years from 1917 to 1956. His photographs document both everyday life and portraits of newsmakers and celebrities in Boston, Massachusetts.[1]


He was born on October 12, 1886 in Cotuit, Massachusetts.[2]

He was orphaned at an early age and attended the Boston Asylum and Farm School for Indigent Boys on Thompson Island. He was interested in photography while in school.[1]

He married Lillian E. Anderson (1893-?) around 1916 and they had a daughter, Lillian W. Jones (1916-?).[2][3]

He worked as a wooden pattern maker at the Sturtevant Aeroplane Company since at least 1917.[4] He freelanced as a photographer for the Herald-Traveler starting in 1917. By 1920 he was still working as a pattern maker, but for a ship builder.[3]

After losing two fingers in an industrial accident he joined the Herald-Traveler staff as a full-time photographer by at least 1930. He spent 39 years at the newspaper both as a freelancer and as a full-time employee.[1]

Jones died on December 8, 1967 in Boston, Massachusetts.[5]


A collection of almost 40,000 of his negatives is stored in the Boston Public Library. A digital library dedicated to the collection was independently developed.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d "Leslie Jones (1886-1967) biography". Boston Public Library. Retrieved 2016-07-31.
  2. ^ a b "Leslie Ronald Jones in the World War I draft registration". June 5, 1917. Retrieved 2016-08-01.
  3. ^ a b 1900 through 1930 census
  4. ^ His biography at the Boston Public Library says that he worked at the Boston Herald-Traveler from 1917 to 1956. If he started work there in 1917, he must have freelanced when not working his pattern making job. He appears in the June 5, 1917 draft as a pattern maker and in the 1920 census as a pattern maker. He does not list himself as a newspaper photographer until the 1930 census.
  5. ^ "Newsman Dies". Nashua Telegraph. Associated Press. December 9, 1967 – via Newspapers.com.

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