2013-07-15 / Letters to the Editor

Relocating Old Photographs

Dear Editor,

I recently bought a collection of vintage photos from the Pack Rats Shop in Spencer. With a little detective work (computer and magnifying glass), I am able to find homes for many of the pictures.

Seventeen will go to the U.S. Army Military History Institute museum in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Because photos of World War I and the Mexican Border War era (date of my story, “Owen Countians, Black Jack Pershing and Pancho Villa” lost) are highly collectible and becoming rare, this is the place to preserve them.

A photo of a military guard walking the trestle at Logan, New Mexico is of interest to a website dedicated to famous bridges. I’ll scan and send that.

A postcard photo addressed to Lawrence, Kansas will be returned.

Ten photos with a minimum of identification, including two group photos in which some people appear in both shots indicate family connections and these will go to the Hanover Area Historical Society in Hanover, Pennsylvania. Several of these pictures of the same size, format, finish, etc. strongly suggest a single source.

It’s unusual to find a full name on old photographs; little Ella Gallup went to the Historian of Orange County, New York. Julia Kellogg, about four years old in the late l800s, will be the subject of a surname search.

Carte de Visite photos and other antique portraits of adults and children with no clues whatsoever are reminders that we should date and identify our photographs.

Dixie Richardson


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