Thursday, January 8, 2009
The Road Back In Time:
A few days back I was surfing around, looking for early photographs of African Americans in Kentucky, and happened on a collection of images made by Elmer Foote, mostly magic lantern slides, taken in my county sometime between 1900 and 1915. There were a few photos of later date, and to my amazement, this image of Dutton Hill, (on the left) made during the WPA projects (1935/43).
David and I went to the spot and I took a photo that shows the change between then and now.
The Elmer Foote Collection is in the archives of the Lexington Public Library, who very graciously have granted permission for me to work with the images.
The magic lantern slides were tinted, by hand - somehow the color is a bit of magic. And magical to see these images at all - a local photo historian told me that he'd never seen any images of African Americans taken in this county before the 40s, and even those are rare. Although they are probably not relatives of Pete and Charles, they could be. In any event, they are a little glimpse, albeit colored, into what life at the turn of the century would have been like for Pete, and Charles, if he was still around.