I’ve always got those projects that I come back to every 12 months or so, and one of them is a stack of photographic negatives from Pierre in the 1930’s. I’m somewhat obstinate that I’m going to find a way to get all these oversized 5×7 negatives them converted to a digital format in a quality that’s acceptable to me.
If you’re a friend of mine on facebook, you know I’ve been working on putting an archive of 500-600 old family photos on-line for my extended family to access; everything from my parents in the 1930’s forward, as well as grandparents, cousins, and anything else that’s in the pile.
Finding some vintage negatives, it gave me the impetus to attempt some crude conversion of photographic negatives, which led me around to another run at the Pierre Negatives.
They’re not perfect, but here’s what I came up with:
These two pictures are of a 1930’s era Pierre Baseball team playing a game against Sioux Valley. Notice the cars all lining the field.
Here’s a couple of views of the State Capitol, pre-1940. How do I know? The Catholic Church on the hill in the background has yet to be built in the view from Capitol Lake.
And check out the wild riverboat night club advertising “Every Night – Old time MeloDrama and VodVil” in the shadow of the old bridge, as well as boats going up the Missouri River.
Interesting snapshot into history for our State’s hub of government.