One of my favorite things to collect are beautiful old black and whites capturing the American farm. These beautiful images move me more than I can ever explain. To me, it's one of the most fantastic pieces of our history ~ these families who worked so hard to make our land the beautiful country it is today.
When I discovered the book, A Bountiful Harvest by Leslie Loveless, I fell in love. So much so that I made a point of seeking her out and talking to her about what she'd created, all from an extensive collection of old photographs by Pete Wettach that she'd recently discovered. With permission from the Iowa historical society who now owns the collection, I used several of the images on past postcards for The Farm Chicks Show. These images shown here, all from the book seemed so fitting for my egg week.
The discovery of the photos happened by chance when Leslie, an employee at the historical society discovered some of the negatives in boxes during an office move. After much research, she located the rest of the collection at the home of Mr. Wettach's son, a collection of over 50,000 photographs, all wonderfully preserved for all these years. The book is one of my all-time favorites.
And if you love documentaries as much as me, the story was turned into The People in the Pictures, by PBS. And yes, I own a copy of that too. I love it that much.
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