Monday, October 27, 2008

The Library

My morning agenda included a stop at the local library for preschool story time. While I was there, I picked up a fascinating picture book. And I'm not referring to a child's story book.

Photographing Montana: The Life and Work of Evelyn Cameron by Donna Lucey is a compilation of the journal entries and the photographs of an English immigrant from 1894-1928. Cameron began taking photographs to supplement the family income after their dream of raising polo ponies didn't pan out.

Lucky for us.


The result of an agricultural venture gone bad is a collection of hundreds of photos that give us a glimpse into Montana life 100 years ago.


One observation that struck me was the contrast in the size of the barns


in comparison to the size of the houses.


So, for those of you who were wondering about life for the former inhabitants of this place


or this one,


or this one,


take a look at the photo gallery at

It's worth an afternoon.


Anonymous said...

Thanks I can't wait to check it out! Your pictures have made me so curious; I can't wait to see what those homes used to look like. What do they look like on the inside now?? Especially the old church you showed? Keeps me awake wondering.

Blessings, Whitney

The W.O.W. factor said...

I love the old images from that era! And the abandoned ones always leave me wondering...about the peoples lives and what became of them.....I can only dream.

Dawn said...

I love old homes and barns - especially if I can get inside them. You never know what you'll find! And, I love imagining what life must have been like for the inhabitants. I always wonder if the woman of the home was excited on "move in day" like we are when we get a new home.

I'll take a look at the other photos this afternoon. You know - instead of doing laundry or some other fun activity! Ha!


Ann from Montana said...

Thanks for the link to the Cameron site - I looked a bit - will go back and spend some time.

That kitchen photo in the post makes me feel not so bad about not having a dishwasher - I DO have a large sink that I don't have to bend over!

Haf Dozen Reasons....... said...

Thanks for this post and the link to read on. Love the old stories and pictures. If only walls could talk....

Well or maybe not all walls. Our 100+ year old house was a hotel/brothel in its day. Not sure I want to hear ALL that went on within these walls.

Jenni said...

What a neat find! I love your photos of those old, abandoned houses too.

farm lady said...

This is right up my alley. I will be reading it tonight. By the way, our shop is bigger than our house!

Anonymous said...

Erin, it is probably just me but your blog background is dark navy and the silver font. The only way I can read your blog is by highlighting the page - shows up in white. I loved reading The Prarie Star - we must be twins in some other world, you took the words out of my mouth! Marissa

DayPhoto said...

Thank you I will.
P.S. I would like a stove like the lady has!


Anonymous said...

Great pictures.. Loved looking at them all.. I enjoy looking at old photo's and seeing how people work and lived back in the old days..


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