Published by [Various places in Nebraska, Colorado, Kansas, and Iowa, see below, 1929
486 photographs, ranging in size from 1 1/2 x 2 3/4 to 2 3/4 x 41 1/2 inches, the majority 2 1/2 x 4 inches. Plus seven pages of newspaper clippings (mostly poems) at the end of the first volume. Two volumes. Small oblong folios. Volume 1: Textured green cloth boards secured with green cord. Volume 2: Black cloth boards. Some wear and soiling to boards of both volumes; some photos with minor fading or warping, but most very well-preserved. Very good. A collection of wonderfully candid photos of rural life in and around Hastings, Nebraska in the early 20th century. Photo captions are compiled in typed lists at the beginning of each album, identifying the people and animals photographed, and very often the location and date as well. The albums and accompanying lists of captions present a comprehensive view of the life of a family and its extended circle of friends and relations in rural Nebraska, depicting life on the farm, in town, and at play. The photos depict daily life in the midst of farming and ranching, featuring a wide cast of subjects from a number of families. While it is not clear who assembled the albums, the names Manthei, Sasse, Binfield, How, and Stonehocker appear most frequently. They all feature in photos together, in fine and casual dress, sharing meals, riding horses, swimming, drinking, and playing music. There are also a surprising number of photos of the local children - even a tea party with the local dolls and stuffed animals. Several photo sequences depict trips out of town, to small towns in Colorado, Kansas and Iowa. Farming scenes depict automobiles and trucks, tractors, alfalfa, kafir, oats, melons, corn, beets, and wheat, along with scenes of the families caring for pigs, chickens, turkeys, sheep, and cows. Other photos feature an auto show; "Jimmy Ward's airoplane" and the circus in Hastings, replete with an elephant parade; a train wreck near Stratton, Colorado; the Armistice Day parade in Hastings, ice skating, a chicken named Charletta sitting on a scale, and several pictures of Dick, the cat. The mood is frequently jovial, showcasing family and friends who seem to have clearly enjoyed each other's company. A comprehensive and surprisingly personal look at western farm life.