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Friday, January 04, 2013 7:19 PM

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Historic Ottawa images, including iconic flood photos, along with a booklet titled “The Western Sport of Rattlesnake Hunting” are included in the latest shipment of photos and documents from the J.B. Muecke Collection. E. Morgan Williams, Washington, D.C., loaned the additional prints and documents from the collection to the Franklin County Historical Society, which is helping to identify the subjects in many of Muecke’s photos.

New finds help give context to ‘unbelievable’ historical photos

By CRYSTAL HERBER, Herald Staff Writer

Three decades of Franklin County history was captured through J.B. Muecke’s lens. And now some of his photos — and the stories that go with them — have come home.

The J.B. Muecke (pronounced “Mickey”) Collection was loaned for archival last year to the Franklin County Historical Society, but many details about the images only recently have been uncovered. The photo collection, which included more than 6,000 negatives and 2,000 photos, is the most recent acquisition by the society, Deborah Barker, Franklin County Historical Society director, said.

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