These photos of the photo display in the Nanty Glo Library the weekend of February 23 give a glimpse of how the photo display looked . Barbara Hakanen, NTAMHS president, writes: “The dress, which was donated, had belonged to the woman in the oval picture frame, Rachel (Shuman) Wagner (above, left). Her husband (in other frame) was Solomon Wagner who, it seems, owned most (if not all) of the Jackson Township Side of Nanty Glo at its founding. All the photos on that one wall (except for the oval framed ones that were loaned for the display) were copies made by the NTAMHS of the Wagner Family and homes in our area. Books on the table were family history, coalmining pictures, early deeds and maps of the area, etc.... The other wall of photos was a mixture of old high school pictures, early town and area photos, etc. The pictures on the round table are early school pictures mostly from Jackson Township. We had another long counter covered with pictures of the coal mines and miners. I had hoped to send you some of the newly acquired pictures” but they're still not ready from the photographer.

Old Photo Display Feb. 23-24, 2001, 'big success'

Barbara Hakanen reports:

Our "Old Photo Display" was a great success and kept us all very busy most of the time talking with people and answering questions. Greg O'Farrell used up about 7 rolls of B & W film and John Dropcho was also in on the photo taking. I know they both had to be very tired when it was all over.

We got some great old pictures, but the one that I was so excited about was one taken in "1916" of a family in a field, pulling tree stumps and logs with a horse and some kind of cable apparatus. The man who brought in the photo even had the names of all but two of the people written on the back. This "wilderness" was on the corner of Peach Street and Johnson Street in Nanty Glo. (Not far from my house.) It is a great picture and I sure hope [our copy] turns out, because I would love to send it to you. It has to be one of the earliest around, but of course there are no "landmarks." You can see only one house, way off in the distance, and I am not sure it would show up in the photo Greg took.



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