A Slice of History

By: Michael None

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Friday, 31-Dec-2010 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
History in the Making

I have started a new project... trying to identify and catalog a ton of old pictures I received from my dad. He's been working on getting them scanned for quite some time. I told him I would help with naming the photo's, trying to figure out the what, where, and who of each picture. I'm amazed at some of the pictures he has, many date back to the late 1800's and he's actually in possesion of many of the tin plate pictures, and plate negatives. They are amazing! He has been talking to relatives, trying to get everyone to send him any of their old pictures that they have, so more are coming. Last count there were around 8000 photos. Many of the pictures that he has colected are after 1950, and I probably won't be posting many of those. It's the old ones that have me so intrigued.

I have just found myself looking at these old pictues, wondering what the story is behind each one... wishing I knew these people, or atleast knew more about them. That's why I'm excited about this project... so I can learn about my history, and really, history in general. I will try to post the stories behind the pictures when I know them.

I realize that this photo page won't be a big hit with most people, but I do hope that atleast some people will take some time to look. There has to be some geneology types out there?


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Friday, 10-Sep-2004 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
A Two Week Flat Tire?

This photo was taken around 1910, somewhere between Raymond, Idaho and Star Valley, Idaho. My grandfather, (Arthur Carl, commonly known in the family as A.C.), is the little guy foremost in the picture, sitting next to the spring. He was 7 at the time. Their family left Raymond to visit relatives in Star Valley, and had a mis-hap on the way. One of their wagon wheels broke. They were forced to just make do for a while, about 2 weeks from what I understand. They fashioned a new wagon wheel or repaired the old one, you can see it in the spring, soaking. I'm assuming that's how they bend the wood, by soaking it in the spring then bending it a little at a time. I'm not sure if it took them 2 weeks to repair or if they were just there for whatever reason for that long.

I wonder how much it put them out to be forced to stay in the middle of nowhere for 2 weeks? I'm sure they hadn't prepared for it. As I thought about it, I'm guessing it wasn't the trauma that it would be for us today... As they had to make do off of nature much more often than we could even imagine. I do realize that the world was starting to become quite industrialized by this time... but for the farmers in Idaho, I seriously doubt many of them had the money, time, or inclination to become a part of that industrialized world.

This was a plate negative, found in a trunk that my grandfather had in his garage. Also in the picture are A.C.'s brother and sister, his cousin, my great grandmother (the woman closest to the camera), and my great, great aunt (woman by the other buggy).


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