My blog has been changed to make it more appealing for those who have New England ancestors and want to see the area through photos. Things I’ll include are typical white New England churches, libraries showing their genealogical collection, historical societies, cemeteries, war memorials, in general, anything to do with history.

For four years I’ve blogged mostly about my personal genealogy in New England (Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, and New Hampshire), New York, New Jersey, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, and the Eastern Townships of Quebec, Canada. I still will, can’t forget my own roots.

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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Happy Birthday, Ansel Adams

Reprinted from my 1979 negative, March 7, 2014
Today is the birthday of Ansel Adams, born February 20, 1902. I'm sharing a photo I took of him, while he was on a book tour in Washington, DC in September 1979. I knew he would be there on that Sunday, so I brought along my camera and the current edition of Time magazine, with his picture on the cover, and a book of photos he had published years prior. I got the book and magazine signed, then waited patiently outside with his chauffeur for him to appear. Nobody was around, just me and the driver. When Mr. Adams came outside, I asked him if I could take his photo, he was delighted, and I was too. He passed away five years later.

The book I had with me was bought at an Yosemite Falls gift shop in May 1978, and I just now looked at it again. Ansel wrote the date (bless him) 9-9-79. Perfect documentation. The day was an overcast Sunday afternoon, a little after 4. I don't think I forgot a thing about that afternoon.

The first printed picture is shown below, you can see it's much smaller than the one I received the other day, first in this post. In addition, when I turned it over I saw it could be used as a post card! Guess that is what they did in 1979.