a newspaper man adjusts his pen

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Newspaper launches photo blog

WASHINGTON, Pa. – We’ve started a new blog at the Observer-Reporter newspaper as a place to showcase interesting vintage and antique photographs with a hyperlocal focus on our circulation in Washington and Greene counties.

For now the blog is named the Picture Box, and it’s designed to be a place for local historical societies and museums to share their old photos while also winning some much-needed publicity on the Web for their organizations. Readers also are welcome to send along their favorite photos from their scrapbooks. We're also tossing in photos from our newspapers archives and occasional goofy shots of ourselves.

Many people, including myself, are fascinated by studying such old photos and the one, above, is among my favorites.

It was shot in an unidentified glass factory in Charleroi, Pa., a borough that grew up around that industry and the many Belgium immigrants who came there for work a century ago.

The shot captures the well-dressed and seated managers there separating themselves from the dirty laborers with a wooden fence. But, the picture is especially interesting because it’s among just a few old local photos I’ve come across that included black people in the image.

The photo survives thanks to the Charleroi Area Historical Society .

Anyone interesting is participating in this project is welcome to send good quality, larger format digital images with some background information to: E-mail Scott

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