Photo unveiling moved to July 23

Published 12:35 am Wednesday, July 15, 2009

A planned celebration of a find of old photographs and a fundraiser for the Old Depot Museum is set for July 23.

The event, originally planned for Thursday, July 16, has been moved to July 23, said Benny Austin, president of the Old Depot Museum Board.

The photographs are those of Billy Rosenberg, a founder of the museum. After his death, his daughter and son brought an old trunk to the museum, said Jean Martin, the Old Depot’s director, and put it in the Archives Room.

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Several weeks ago, David Hurlbut, a part-time worker at the museum discovered about 2,000 old, big negatives in the trunk. He and Martin began looking at the old photos on a makeshift table crafted by Hurlbut.

They decided, along with the board, to hold a showing at the Harmony Club, to show off some of the Rosenberg photographs.

The group sent the negatives to a place in Birmingham to have them turned into prints.

“They misrepresented what their abilities were,” said Austin, “and we were not able to get the images converted and back on time.”

But the show will go on from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on July 23. Master griller Robert Gordon plans some treats and there’ll be other light snacks.

A silent auction of four framed photographs is planned from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Two of the works were framed at the Frame Shoppe and two by Frames and Things.

Folks will have the opportunity to view and order copies of the photographs.

“There are photographs that are not currently out there,” Austin said. “No one has these. These are one of a kind.”