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A box containing 146 glass photographic negatives was recently discovered in a barn near Petersburg in Boone County, Kentucky. They appear to date from around 1910 to 1920, and the new owner is seeking help in identifying the subjects.

They show families, children, and other locals in various outdoor settings. There are several houses, a store, and a bridge, which, if recognized, could narrow down the search.

The photos were taken by William Henry Pratt Holloway, born 1893 in Indiana. He lived in Knox County, Illinois in 1910 age 16, and moved to Petersburg, Kentucky between 1912-1917. His World War I draft card from 1917 says he had paralysis of his left side.

The negatives were found in varying conditions, but Eddie Donlin was able to produce positive images and posted them here.

If you recognize any people or buildings, please respond to Eddie Donlin's post on the Secret Northern Kentucky Facebook page.



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