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Through the Lens of Time

As generations pass by, many aspects of our lives change. Everything from clothing to technology evolves throughout the eras. Landscapes readers shared these images of Southern agriculture and rural life — all taken prior to 1950

Landscapes Summer 2010

Farm equipment on the Sierschke homestead in Runnels County, Texas - 1920s

Showing off farm equipment on the Dierschke homestead in Runnels County, Texas — late 1920s

Submitted by Patricia Hohensee

The Fuchs family eating watermelon near Westphalia, Texas - 1940s

Members of the Fuchs family enjoy refreshing watermelon after a day of field work near Westphalia, Texas — early 1940s

Submitted by Patricia Hohensee

threshing oats on the Prescher farm near Clifton, TX - 1930s

A harvesting crew threshes oats on the Prescher farm near Clifton, Texas — early 1930s

Submitted by Keith Finstad

weighing cotton near Olfen, Texas - 1925

Weighing cotton on the Niehues farm near Olfen, Texas — 1925

Submitted by Linda Gail Binns

feeding chickens in Cherokee County, Texas

Chickens gather to feed in rural Cherokee County, Texas — 1920s

Submitted by Cheryl Snipes

Sitting atop 60-inch-thick log at sawmill in Sherard, Miss

At a sawmill in Sherard, Miss., the manager, William Thornberry, sits atop a log estimated to be 60 inches in diameter — 1945

Submitted by Tyler Mullins

Redin Burt and baby on mule-drawn mower near Hillsboro, Texas - 1920s

Redin Burt and baby daughter pose on a mule-drawn mower near Hillsboro, Texas — 1920s

Submitted by Karen Doskocil

A child and his pet goat in Coryell County, Texas — late 1800s

A child and his pet goat in Coryell County, Texas — late 1800s

Submitted by Karen Doskocil

So many turkeys

The Glenn Morgan Turkey Farm at Hillsboro, Texas — approximately 1950

Submitted by Karen Doskocil

The Mathiesen family harvests wheat in Runnels County, Texas — 1914

The Mathiesen family harvests wheat in Runnels County, Texas — 1914

Submitted by Linda Gail Binns

Pigs cool off in the mud in Mississippi - 1940s

In Mississippi, pigs cool off in the mud — 1940s

Submitted by Mississippi Ag Museum

Poultry husbandry class near Cuero, Texas - 1940s

Visually impaired farmers near Cuero, Texas, gather for a poultry husbandry class offered by Texas A&M University and sponsored by the Work Projects Administration — early 1940s

Submitted by Kathleene Runnels


“The pictures you want tomorrow, you have to take today.”

- Anonymous (Kodak advertisement)

Photographing Tomorrow's Memories

The simple truth behind this old Kodak slogan is timeless.

Even in this age of high-definition television, video, blogs, websites and smart phones, it’s worth it to step back, grab a camera (whether good old-fashioned film or digital) and record some memories. Years from now, family and friends won’t care about photos of today’s celebrities — but they will enjoy reminiscing about rural life in 2010 and viewing images of their ancestors on the farm.

To assure that records of the past withstand the test of time, follow these tips:

  • Store old photos in a cool, dry place. Humidity is the enemy of photographs.
  • To make sure old photographs are preserved indefinitely, have them digitally scanned.
  • Websites like www.scanmyphotos.com and www.britepix.com will scan them for you, so you will always have a record of the photo, even if the original deteriorates.
  • Many sites, such as www.scancafe.com, will digitally restore damaged photos.
  • Remember that even digital photos can be lost — always back up your records.

Photos are a wonderful way to share anecdotes and memories. When we photograph our lives, we preserve those moments in time for future generations.

– Staff

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