Notes from the past…

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A few loose ends

I have been working this morning on editing the several digital photos of Dr. N. B. Kennedy’s obit into a glued-together single image, 2 actually. The image from the Hillsboro Mirror that was microfilmed wasn’t of really great quality (only 111 years old!), blurry and dark in some views, so I took several photos. Then I merged them all into 2 columns, like they were in the newspaper originally. Finally got that done, then I updated his obit in his story page. And I’m really hoping beyond hope that one of the unidentified photos that my cousin Susan sent to me is the camera-shy Dr. Kennedy! One in particular looks very promising, as the photo is from Hillsboro and looks to be about the right time period. What do you think?

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A few old photos

There is an article in the Ft Worth Star-Telegram this morning about a display of old Ft Worth photos soon to appear in New York City. These post-WWII images are from a huge collection of 20,000 negatives acquired by actress and photographer Diane Keaton. They are scenes of everyday life and everyday people from the Cowtown of the 1940′s into the 1970′s. The originals, without names, belonged to a photographer named Bill Wood, who had a commercial studio in Ft Worth that closed in 1973. It’s not clear how Ms. Keaton ended up with the negatives, but she immediately saw their value and chose to share many. A forthcoming book, Bill Wood’s Business, in also in the works. I am exciting to read about this collection and hoping to recognize an ancestor or 2! The exhibit will be at the International Center of Photography, May 16-Sep 7 2008.