Last week I completed a rather large project. I scanned 156 glass plate negatives from the Kingsport Planning Commission Records (KMMC 41). I learned an important lesson from this experience. Unless you are a pilot who flew in the 60s and 70s, you never really get any better at identifying the aerial images. Plate 12 was just as much of a mystery as Plate 112.
Here is the finished stack of plates. Each box (yea, Kodak!) has six to eight 9.5″ plates inside.
Out of the 156 images, I recognized about 9 of the plates. Here are two of my favorites…if it is possible to have a favorite negative.
Currently, I am researching images for a HistoryPin project. We want to make sure Kingsport’s contribution to history is well represented.
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