By Tom Boltz
Jim Bucher (NBHS ’74) has loaned 32 circa 1910-1922 photos to the North Baltimore Ohio Area Historical Society (NBOAHS). The photos were made from glass plate negatives.
above: In this December 2014 photo, the barn just south of the Exline Building still stands, but has been greatly modified in the last 100 years. The house located on the west side and the sheds on the east side of the building are now gone. The Exline building has been used as a food pantry in recent years.
Over 30 years ago NB resident Frank Heminger found the glass plates in the old Exline family residence on North Tarr Street. Hemingher then gave them to Bucher, an amateur photographer, who made the photographs from the glass negatives in his home photography darkroom. The photos’ subjects include winter scenes, the construction of the Exline Building on East Walnut Street, rural Henry Township sites, Exline family members, and other topics.
Historical Center volunteers scanned the photos into to the Society’s digital archives. The photos were then returned to Bucher who wished to retain them in his private collection. Although the Society does not have the original glass plate negatives, the digital photographs are a very valuable addition to the Society’s archives. Each of the 32 photos provides some new information on what North Baltimore and its residents looked like 100 years ago.
The NBOAHS is always looking for local historical pictures. Please consider loaning any photos in your family or personal collection to the Society for scanning into its archives. All photos will be returned to you once a digital copy has been made.
Here is a sampling of the photos: