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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Historic Photos

I love old photos. At this point in my life/career, I have shot lots of them. We did a special section for our Peach Festival this week. The current Peach Festival has been going on for about 20 years or so, and is in June. It is a celebration of the peach. The original festival was the Peach Blossom Fesrtival and was held in March, celebrating the beautiful blooms.

We wanted to run some photos from the original festivals, so I dug through the archives at the Thomas Library here in Fort Valley and found a bunch from the first festival-1922.
Some wonderful images. The ones with a credit listed Rembrandt Studio of Fort Valley as the photographer.

The photos are still in pretty good shape, and whoever did the printing really knew their craft. Wonderful tones. The festival featured a very lavish pageant that had over 200 participants. The top photo is of Persian Dancers, the second photo is the festival King and Queen, and the bottom photo is a group of Roman soldiers.
I have always hoped that one day someone will look at my photos and learn a little bit about life in Middle Georgia during my years of documentation.

1 comment:

mostpeculiarmomma said...

Ironically, I just read the Windham book on Peach County which features some of these photos, but I found your blog by searching for Mrs. Marie Anderson of Ft. Valley.

I have been doing genealogy research, and it seems Mrs. Anderson lives in the house where some of my ancestors lived. Mabel Swartz Withoft was the sister of my great-grandmother, and was also the playwright of the Peach Festival pageants of in the 1920s.

I don't suppose you have a photo of the house at 206 Everett Square?

Regards,
Megan Evans Daniels
Grove City, OH

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