Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Back in Time - Wyoming Harvest

Wyoming Harvest
probably late 1930s
Shortly before Christmas, I was given a grocery bag with some old family negatives - photos taken with a Brownie camera. The negatives were in old photo mailers and were in a box purchased at my brother's estate farm auction in 1997 or 1998.

I was thrilled to have the 142 negatives returned to my family and thank the two women (Pam G. and Nancy Kay) who played a role in their return. Pam could have easily destroyed the negatives, but instead, she found a way to return them to the family. Thank you, Pam!

As a surprise for my sisters, I took the negatives to Walgreens to be scanned and burned on DVDs. The clarity of the old negatives is amazing. All of the photos were taken before I was born; however, I know the story behind some of them.

My Mom and Dad came to Wyoming (from South Dakota) with my dad's brother Ted. Mom and Dad lived with Ted and his wife for a few years before purchasing a farm of their own. The photo shown above was taken on Ted's farm during that time.

In coming weeks, I will be posting the old photos and sharing as much of their history as I can. Hopefully, my sisters will help me fill in the blanks.

21 comments:

  1. What a wonderful thing! Looking at old photos of family is so much fun. And Are they labeled, do you know who they are?

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  2. I look forward to seeing more! Was it your mother that was the photographer in the family? I think you said once, but I forgot.

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  3. What an amazing gift! Looking forward to hearing and seeing more of this topic. My hubby and I were both 3rd generation families in So. Idaho, so we grew up a few surviving buildings, lots of stories and a few photos of our ancestors farming and ranching.

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  4. Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful!! I'm anxious to see the other photos!!

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  5. Even with the tractor, that looks like hot, hard work.

    Glad you got your negatives back.

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  6. What fun! Sure brought back memories of the Brownie camera days. Boy, times sure have changed. I can remember when each roll of film was a treasure and took ages to finish and develop.

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  7. Such a treasure and those ladies who returned them to the family - priceless!

    It's amazing that someone actually took these photos and then to think they survived all these years is also amazing. This will be a fun journey back into your family history for you and your siblings as you figure them all out.

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  8. That is the best Christmas present ever!! You have a real treasure in all of those old photo negatives. I'm so happy you are willing to share them with us and I'm looking forward to it!!

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  9. I am so thrilled that the quality of the photos and negatives is so good. What fun to look back on that era. Boy, that field looks good! I'm interested is seeing and hearing more...

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  10. A big thank you to the ladies that gave the negatives to you. I know you and your family were overjoyed to have them. thank you for sharing them. I love looking at old pictures.

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  11. That's an incredible story of how you got the negatives back. Those ladies were so thoughtful to do that! I'm looking forward to seeing more of them.

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  12. Im thrilled you said the clarity is great. What fun. I am interested in it all Nancy!

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  13. I'm so glad they didn't throw them away. What great history!

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  14. What a marvelous gift! I know how hard it is to track people down! Your sisters must have been thrilled to have copies of them...I am looking forward to seeing them all. What a marvelous bit of family history! :)

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  15. What a treat! Hooray for Pam and Nancy Kay!

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  16. That's a great photo. I love looking at old photos to see not only what people looked like, but how they lived. And what is amazing is that photography wasn't such a popular hobby back then, yet there are so many photos with great composition, like this one of yours. But that photographer may have been more than a farmer's wife with a camera, and had an interest in photography.

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  17. What a great thing you did!!... ... It's so wonderful that you know most of the stories behind the pictures as well!

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  18. What an absolute treasure to have pictures to accompany the stories! I'm looking forward to seeing and hearing the ones you are willing to share.

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  19. How sweet of those women to find you, and how wonderful of you to burn DVD copies for your sisters!

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