Monday, November 24, 2008
History buffs can browse away the hours looking at vintage photographs of Carroll County that date back to the early 20th century. “Where Small Farms Produce Large Crops: Carroll County in Pictures” is a collection of 88 black and white photos on virtual exhibit from the Benjamin M. Long Collection. They are available for viewing in the Digital Library of Georgia at http://dlg.galileo.usg.edu/.
Part of the Ingram Library Annie B. Weaver Special Collections at the University of West Georgia, the photographs were taken by Benjamin M. Long and record the agricultural and small town heritage of Carroll County. It is the largest photographic presence contributed by the Ingram Library in the Digital Library, said Suzanne Durham, head of Special Collections at Ingram Library.
“The Long Collection came to the library in 1993,” said Durham. “Being an archivist, I love all old photographs and the best ones in this collection are the candid and informal poses of his family.
“You'll also notice how Long is frequently at the back of a crowd of onlookers in these photos. And it does seem that 98 percent of these photos feature a Coca-Cola sign.”
Long, born in 1881, operated the Long Insurance Agency in Carrollton from 1917 until his retirement in the 1960s. The photographs he took documented not only properties his company insured but the visual history of the town.
Now part of the Long collection, he photographed past events that include the 1927 Carroll County Centennial, images of a Japanese submarine captured during World War II and the cotton fire on Bradley Street that burned 4,000 bales of cotton in 1937.
The Digital Library is a GALILEO initiative based at the University of Georgia Libraries that collaborates with Georgia's libraries, archives, museums and other institutions of education and culture to provide access to key resources on Georgia history, culture, and life.
The Long photographs can also be viewed in the Ingram Library Special Collections Department from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday or by appointment.
For more information, call 678-839-6361 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.