It started with a purchase on eBay, and evolved to a significant acquisition of Chattanooga history. Hundreds of glass plate negatives - high resolution photos by even today’s standards - returned home.
The images captured over 100 years ago represent daily life, homes, friends, and landmarks that are difficult to place in our current landscapes.
Here we see young men and women with gleams in their eyes - great grandmothers and great grandfathers in their prime around 1900. Older people seen here likely experienced the Civil War and slavery. Their hardened faces tell a story of less prosperous and difficult days. While all of their lives have come and gone, we get a remarkable glimpse into their world.