100 year old glass plate negative photos from area – reveal a house and church yesterday and today

This house is located on west side of Zionsville Road across from Pike High School
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Traders Point (Starkey) reference in “Early Life and Times in Boone County – first pioneers to 1886


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My favorite Traders Point Photo

Several years ago a neighbor gave me this picture of the flooded village.  I believe this dates to a massive flood from the late 1950s.   It was this flood that led to the construction of an earthen levee along the westside of Eagle Creek, and later the development of the Eagle Creek Reservoir.   The photo’s orientation is from the northwest corner of Dandy Trail (which led into the village from the westside of the Eagle Creek Valley) and Lafayette Road.  It is looking to the north with Lafayette Road on the right side of the photo.   The Traders Point Christian Church is the white building to the right of the Standard pylon sign.   Nelson Roetter, a lifelong resident of the area, remembers seeing the pews floating in the sanctuary.   The church later relocated to the top of the Lafayette Road hill at Moore Road and is now the site of the New Life Worship Center.

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Old Pleasant Hill Cemetery Info

The web address for Old Pleasant Hill Cemetery is www.ophc.info

Old Pleasant Hill Cemetery is located within Traders Point, one of the oldest and most scenic areas in Indianapolis.  The cemetery dates to the 1820s.  It is a final resting place for several people of distinction.  Revolutionary War Veteran John Hume; noted fashion photographer, Noble Bretzman; and numerous pioneer families from the first generation of Indiana’s history.   Until very recently the cemetery was unable to accept requests for new gravesites.   Thanks to a recent donation of farmland, the cemetery expanded by one acre in 2008 (33%).   We invite you to consider purchase of a grave or a lot (4 graves) in our new section (Section C). The not-for-profit cemetery is independent of any church, and is open to the public. The current expansion enables us to offer affordable burial plots to anyone that would like to plan to spend eternity in this picturesque part of central Indiana. The expansion area is located west of the old cemetery and is accessible via the circular driveway on Moore Road.   The expansion area and new asphalt driveway were completed in 2008.   We are now selling gravesites in Section C.  Please send an email to one of the following board members listed below for more information about reserving a grave or lot.
GeorgeWilkins george@wilkinsvideo.com
Chuck Krupa chuckkrupa@sbcglobal.net
Ross Reller rossreller@gmail.com
 or call Ross at 317-414-1101

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Ford Bridge construction to begin in 2012

Ford Bridge construction to begin in 2012.

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Traders Point Creamery Christmas

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Plate glass photos (circa 1905) of Pike Township, Marion County, Indiana life

Great news.  I have just completed the process of photographing the Stevens glass plate collection.   These plates were found in the basement of Maxine Steven’s house by her son J.K.   He recently loaned them to me so that I could “digitize ’em”.

The photographer may have been Maxine Steven’s grandfather Wiley who lived near West 71st and Zionsville Road (now Park 100).
Please forward this link  (to the glass plate negative slide show) to anyone who might enjoy seeing these pictures.   Lots of school class photos, some New Augusta buildings, and a great photo of the NEW Bethel Methodist Church on 52nd. Since it was built in 1905 that is my general guess for when these pictures were taken.
There are few “named” photos but there is a Geo. Hollingsworth barn depicted, as well as a Kissel family barn.   But I don’t know where these barns were located.   Lots of Pike School #9 photos (high school).     It would be really neat if we could identify some of these folks.   Please have people contact me at this email address if they can help.   I will be bringing a small collection of prints to the October 30 event.
This has been great fun and I am indebted to J.K. for providing me with so much entertainment.  And not a single plate broke!
In case anyone asks, the process for getting from the negative to these images did not involve traditional photo developing baths or solutions.   It was entirely dry!    I used a white screen on my computer (like a light box) and carefully laid the negative onto the computer screen in a “dark” room (just a windowless closet).      This provided backlighting that was sufficient to illuminate the plate.   I mounted my digital camera on a tripod and photographed the 4″ x 6″ plates first, then I readjusted the tripod and photographed the 5″ x 7″ images.   Then I removed the memory card from the camera, inserted it into my computer and reversed all of the images (to make them positive) using photo editing software.   This really didn’t take more than a few hours.   A lot faster than manually printing each one in a real wet darkroom with the three baths of developer, toner and fixer.   Once the images were filed on my computer it took five minutes to upload them to the internet.    They are in two separate slide shows.   There are some duplicates and that is unintentional.   The original photographer probably took about five minutes between each photo (because of the time required to remove the glass plate from the camera, carefully store it, unwrap the next negative plate and insert into the camera etc.)
One interesting observation about plate glass photography, it was on its way out in 1905.   George Eastman had invented roll film in 1885 that could be taken to a photo lab (like an apothecary) and developed professionally.    An amateur photographer taking pictures with plate glass in 1905 was a serious and devoted hobbyist or a professional.   It was not a casual device or a toy that anyone can operate (like the one I used to take the pictures of the negatives!)

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