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From the photo vault
August 31, 2009 - Bill Ackerbauer
Today I spent some time rooting around among some of the newspaper's photographic archives. We have photos going back more than a century. It's a treasure trove of fascinating historical eye candy, but unfortunately this stuff hasn't enjoyed the attentions of a thoughtful archivist. It seems the system for organizing these materials has changed once every other decade, about as often as the media formats change. We have images on film negatives, color slides, glass negatives, metal plates and Kodak paper. Some of it has held up well over the years, and some has not.
I have several other history-related irons in the fire these days. Here's a brief sample of one of the audio recordings I've been working on. This is former Johnstown City Historian Robert Bedford sharing a tale about the old days of trolley transportation in the Glove Cities. It's from a cassette recording made in 1988. Click on the little arrow next to "play" to hear the story:Gabcast! Bill's Broadsides Podcast #1 - Bob Bedford: Beans on the trolley
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Michael Meyel, mystery man circa 1890-1900. (Click to enlarge)