Winfried P Sommerfeld emigrated from his native Germany in 1945. Following his tour of duty in the US Army, he settled in Auburn, Massachusetts. When stationed in Texas he photographed his army buddies who, impressed with his photographic skills, encouraged him to pursue a career in photography. Sommerfeld, returned to Auburn and established Sommerfeld Photo Film on Southbridge Street. He traveled New England’s country roads photographing the vernacular architecture of motels, restaurants, and the rapidly growing automobile industry.His photographs were printed as postcards and as advertisements and publicity. The Photographic Preservation Center – with support of Mass Humanities, The Dr. Arthur Pappas and Dr. Martha Pappas Foundation, and the Auburn Historical Museum – is preserving over 1,000 of Sommerfeld’s historic photographs. Many of these photographs are on display at the Museum at 41 South Street.
Admission is free to the public on Saturdays and Tuesdays from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.