Early 20th century homesteader snapshots (part 2)

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Compiled into the pdf booklet below is another series of photographs from the same homesteading people who gave us the “Kodak Scenes” we posted earlier. The images were reproduced from original negatives using a cheap scanner (Epson 4490 Photo), then quickly touched-up in Photoshop. By all indications, the photographs were taken in the Deadwood, South Dakota area in the early 1910s through the 1920s. Included in the negatives packet were a few prints (not reproduced here) marked Koller Studio, Belle Fourche, SD and Peterson Studio, Deadwood, SD. Certain of the images also confirm the South Dakota locations: an image on page 13 looks to be taken near Slim Buttes, the image on page 23 captures a train on the Rapid Canyon Line (“the crookedest railroad on earth,” which completed a 34-mile route between Rapid City and Mystic), and the last image was taken at the entrance of the long gone Pine Crest Park, near Deadwood. We wondered in amazement at too many of these photographs as we scanned and compiled them for posting. We hope you will, too.

Acquired summer 2009 from a thrift store somewhere in the Great Plains.

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