Today, at the Long Beach Public Library, Long Beach History collection, I worked on accessioning, measuring, inventorying and re-housing some pretty amazing black and white glossy still photographs from 1918 Long Beach.
These 4 x 6 photographs depict the local every day person who lived, worked and enjoyed the City of Long Beach during the early 1900s. My favorites are the workers photographed with the Pike amusement park in the background. These photographs were stored upright in non-archival envelopes within boxes and are now stored in Mylar photograph sleeves, individually measured and inventoried then stored flat in photo boxes. The next step will be to reformat these for long-term preservation and add them to our digital archive for open access and study.
I love discovering new items in our collections, knowing that they can be used for a better purpose later on.