Archive for Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Early 1900s trick photos focus of society event

July 16, 2013

From the early 1900s through 1940, two early pioneers of trick photography and printin, William H. “Dad” Martin and Frank D. “Pop” Conrad, found inspiration in the bugs, crops and industry of Kansas.

Erika Nelson, an educator and independent artist, will discuss the photographers during next week’s Tonganoxie Community Hisotrical Society meeting.

Their carefully crafted “tall-tale” postcards promoted Kansas as a land where ears of corn grew so large that farmers used logging saws to slice them and monster grasshoppers could stop a train in its tracks.

Nelson, who also is director of the World’s Largest Things, Inc., will give the presentation at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the historic site, 201 W. Washington St.

The event, which is free and open to the public, is part of the Kansas Humanities Council’s “The Way We Worked” speakers bureau series.

For more information, contact Bill Peak at 913-484-4825.

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