About 15 years ago the Gazette published two volumes of historical photos from the area.
The first was so successful that a second one was collected later.
Over the years we have continued to receive requests for a copy of one of the books, or information on who might have one for sale.
They apparently are very hard to find and those who have them don’t want to part with them.
Lately, we have been talking about compiling a new version of historic Union County photos.
We may use some we have on hand and the Union County Heritage Museum will no doubt help, as they always do.
But what we did before, and would want to do again, is simply ask our readers to dig up their old family or other photos and submit them.
Before, some people submitted only one while others provided a dozen or more but we were able to include at least one from each person who brought them.
The printer who produced the previous versions is no longer in business, apparently, so we are looking at other suppliers.
Of course we would like to have some very old photos. It’s hard to believe that New Albany was once a wild, frontier town with saloons and street fights – but it was.
However, history from my perspective is not history from the perspective of some others.
It requires an adjustment in thinking but while I think of old photos coming from post World War II, for younger people photos from the ’70, ‘80s and ‘90s are ancient.
We certainly would want to include them as well.
Before we undertake something that will require as much time and work, it would be nice to know there is a need for it.
So we ask that if you have any interest in seeing and perhaps contributing photos to another pictorial history of Union County, just say something to us to let us know.
We would like to do it and believe people in the community will like it.