A Dallastown mystery: The case of the unidentified photographs

The Dallastown Area Historical Society has put a bunch of unidentified photos on the Web for people to lend their hand in identifying. Meanwhile, if anyone wants to meet the minds behind the society, a work meeting is set from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. June 18 at the society’s museum.  ‘No skills needed just a desire to help,’ the society noted. For details, contact Mike Sentz,  msentz@juno.com. (See additional photos from this lot below.) Also of interest: Dallastown Area Historical Society does right thing: Promoting borough history on Web, too.

Mike Sentz is looking for IDs of a large lot, 200 or more, of late 19th-century or early-20th century photographs.

“The variety of styles and subjects is amazing.  Sadly, I couldn’t get in contact with the donors to find out any more information.  The portraits are most enjoyable.  Such interesting people.  The clothing and hairstyles are fun to see,” he wrote.

The photographs aren’t necessarily from Dallastown or of that borough’s people.

“My memory is that the donor said they were owned by local Dallastown photographer William Bigler … ,” Mike wrote in a previous email.  ” The photographs however are all York Studios, Pentz, Swords etc..  so perhaps they were of acquaintances? None are identified.”


The full set is on Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/dallastown/sets/72157629804971400/

And this Dallastown group didn’t stop there, jumping on Pinterest.

If you have any information on the photos, just contact Mike.

Other Dallastown posts of interest:

LBJ: In small towns, girls are fonder; dinner pails fuller, Bomb group seeks Cameron Mitchell’s WWII info and Speeding trolley cars drew criticism.

About Jim McClure

Editor of the York Daily Record/Sunday News, ydr.com and its many digital products. East Region Editor, Digital First Media. Journalism/history blogger: yorktownsquare.com. Author or co-author of seven York County, Pa., history books.
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5 Responses to A Dallastown mystery: The case of the unidentified photographs

  1. Blake Stough says:

    It’s a shame that the subjects of many early photographs are not identified. I was given possession of my grandparents photograph collection – several thousand photos – and have been working to digitally preserve and identify them. These date as early as the 1860s, but the identity of many people shown in the early examples will never be known.

    Best of luck to the Dallastown Area Historical Society.

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