Monday, July 11, 2011

New Blog Feature : Nameless Picture of the Day

Every now and then the light bulb goes off and a new idea is born.  It occurred to me that with the vast number of photographs in the Local History Collection, a significant number of which are at least partially unidentified, that this blog would be a great place to highlight some of them for possible identification.

The Van Buren District Library houses a large photograph collection in a variety of formats.  Those that have names or places associated with them are cataloged and indexed.  That index is included in the collection's Local History Master Index.  An index is also available online along with information regarding access and how to order copies.

So, we will be initiating a "Nameless Picture of the Day" segment at the end of each blog posting after the featured article.  These photos may be of an individual, group of people, or of a building or landmark.  All of them will in some way have connections to Southwest Michigan, but will have incomplete descriptions.

Photographs appearing online that receive feedback will be re-posted with identification in future blogs.  Readers are invited to contact us with any information to assist us in verifying the subjects. 

To get the ball rolling, following are four photographs in need of ID taken from the Local History Collection.  Each is identified with a catalog number.  Please refer to that catalog number when contacting us about any picture. 

Gobles High School Students, 1926-1927 - provided by William Slack
Can you recognize any of the students?  Do you have a yearbook that would provide names?
Real photo post card, taken by Van Erie, Lakeside, Michigan
Telephone operator's station?

Unknown man
Photographer - C. F. Prichard, Decatur

Annual Picnic, Van Buren County Pomona Grange, South Haven - September 2, 1921
Were your ancestors members of the Pomona Grange?

Please let us know if you have information about any of these photographs.  Also contact us if you have photographs that you would like to donate to the Local History Collection.