EEighty years ago, people crowded into a booth at the city of Washington auditorium to see an exhibit of 500 photographs taken by Missourian photographers.
According to an article in the September 4, 1941 edition of The Missourian, between 25 and 50 people were crammed into a double-wide booth at all times during the three-day Farm Products Show, the precursor to the Washington Town & Country Fair. They were there to see pictures of Washington and the surrounding area that had appeared in the newspaper the year before.
The Farm Products Show drew a record crowd in 1941. The merchandise and cattle shows, horseshoe throwing competitions, cow milking competitions and dance parties were well received and well attended, according to the articles. Press.
Corn The MissourianThe photo booth proved to be particularly popular.
One of the reasons for the interest in photos that year was probably that The Missourian had started posting group photos the previous October of local men leaving for military service. It was a new idea at the time.
At the time, The Missourian was known throughout the region as “paper with pictures” because of the large number of photographs published by the newspaper. The practice was unusual for a community newspaper at the time.
James. L. Miller, an intrepid photojournalist, bought the newspaper in 1937. In 1941, The Missourian had his own print factory and published more photographs in his newspaper than perhaps any other newspaper of his size in the country.
Miller’s passion for visual storytelling has inspired generations of Missourian photographers and began a tradition of excellence and innovation in photojournalism. He has traveled the world with his Hasselblad camera and captured vivid images that punctuate his tales of the places he has visited and the people he has met.
Miller; his son, Jim Miller Jr., who was Missourian photo editor for decades; and current Missourian Sports writer Bill Battle has all been inducted into the Missouri Photojournalism Hall of Fame. The idea for the Hall of Fame came from another of Miller’s sons, Bill Miller Sr., who was Missourian editor for over 40 years.
The Missourian has chronicled the rich history of Franklin County since the late 1800s. It has an unrivaled collection of stories from the area, as well as the photographs that accompany those stories. From now on, the newspaper’s in-depth photographic archives become accessible to the public.
This weekend, The Missourian“Lens of Time,” an online archive of photographs that have appeared in the newspaper’s pages since the late 1930s, will make its debut. People will be able to access the photos on The Missourianthe website of, emissourian.com, by clicking on the “Time lens” icon.
The images, which will be organized into specific galleries, will be available for purchase. The first galleries will present photographs published in The Missourian in the years 1940 to 1996. New photo galleries will be uploaded each month.
The idea of an online photo archive was inspired by the popularity of the “Look Back” feature that runs in the print edition of The Missourian and boxes of old photo and negative prints the company discovered when it moved from its downtown Washington site to its production facility at 6321 Bluff Road.
“The interest in old photographs – really history – is the same today as it was in 1941, when all these people came to our photo booth at the premiere of our modern fair. ” Missourian Editor Tricia Miller said.
“We couldn’t leave these visuals on a shelf anymore,” she said. “We think these incredible photos will really resonate with the public. And one of the advantages of technology is that we can share these images through our website with people all over the world.
The “Lens of Time” photo archive is all about creating something new out of something old and showcasing the work of journalists who came before the current staff, said Tricia Miller. “It is also a way to preserve them for future generations,” she added.
“We want to celebrate and showcase the visual heritage of our newspaper,” she said. “We think our readers will truly appreciate these incredible photographs.”