Blogger Jim Grey called a few months ago with interesting news. He had purchased a few glass plate negatives on Ebay (of all places) that were entitled Dandy Trail photos. We agreed to meet at the Traders Point Loft for lunch so that he could show me the negatives. While we waited for lunch he carefully unwrapped one of the 4″ x 6″ sheets of glass and passed it to me. There is a certain excitement known to photographers when they see a negative image. From my darkroom days I knew that conventional printing of these glass plates into positive images would be a delicate job best left to professionals. (Although I had recently used the white board of a computer screen to photograph over 100 glass plates from Pike Township’s earliest days and reversed them in Photoshop, Jim wanted these images printed and digitally saved by pros.)
This morning I received an email from Jim with a hyperlink to the professionally remastered images. With his permission I repost one of these. (To see all 7 images you’ll need to click on over to Jim’s flicker collections.) Thanks Jim, these are awesome.
Please help us identify the couple in the image. They would have been born in the 1860s – 1870s(?) and they may have been Dandy’s owners! Dandy Trail was an 88 mile roadway surrounding Indianapolis in the early 1900s. Named for a dog belonging to an executive with the Hoosier Motor Club, the roadway entered Traders Point just north and west of Eagle Creek and just south of what is now the Farm Bureau Coop and Salt Barn. Dandy Trail was the primary route into Traders Point for the valley residents south of the village.
Jim has traced the route using Google Maps!