It is these old photographs and old buildings that have gotten me into this history business. I’ve been called by others the Maplewood historian and have introduced myself that way. Truth is I’m a history broker. If you have pictured me spending long hours in dusty basements of public buildings or hour after hour in our fine libraries, well I’m afraid I don’t do enough of that.
Nine years ago I did a massive amount of research for our Maplewood community history book that I produced for the 100th anniversary of our fair city which was 2008. My co-author Joyce Cheney also did months of research and wrote the body of text. I didn’t start out to construct the book myself. I was just trying to do as much as I could before we had to hire someone to finish it. As it turned out I had just taken two semesters of Photoshop at Meramec. I found with that knowledge I was able to decipher the companion publishing program, Indesign. No one was more surprised than me when I completed the book.
There were others such as Kathy Whipple, Pickett Lema, Amy Clark and Dawn Yourtee who helped as well. Not to mention the college student, Randy Miller from Meramec who bailed me out when Indesign would refuse to behave the way I wanted.
Everything I had done up to that point was 3D. 3D in the real world not the cyber. I was an autoworker by vocation and a carpenter, woodworker and wood carver by avocation. I list those last three things separately because the only thing they have in common is wood. These days I’m spending most of my time on photographs and accompanying text.
Since the 2008 Maplewood history book, my sister Barb and I have produced a family history book from our Grandma’s lifelong journal. Last January I completed an improved version of the 2008 Maplewood book prior to its second printing. I believe the MCBF will soon release it. I’m currently working on another book on Maplewood history that I’ve titled, “Maplewood History”. The subtitle will be something like “Volume 1. Enhanced selections from my blog”. This last one I’m doing without the benefit of a committee.
As I’ve mentioned I’ve been brokering information and pictures of Maplewood history for seven years. The blog has taken on a life of its own. People contact me who have photographs or what have you and I copy their stuff or they give it to me. Everything I copy or receive goes into our library. I personally have only a digital collection. Sorry, what started out to be filler turned into a bio.
I know nothing about the subject of this posts photo, Pop’s Grocery store but Pop’s people have got to be out there somewhere. If you think you might like to bop on down to Pop’s for some of that FOOD, Quality Dairy Ice Cream or maybe a pack of those tasty SPUD cigarettes that he’s advertising, well think again. Pop’s is long gone. Hopefully the two cute girls in the photo are still around. It would be great to hear from them.