Additional information on old topics:
1) Foster Photo Negatives.
In traditional photography, there is ONE original, the negative. The photographer could make numerous photographic prints in his darkroom from that one negative. Foster Photo printed many real photo post cards, 3.5 x 5.5 inches. As detailed as they were, the original negatives would have revealed more detail and provided a greater range of luminescence.
The Montana Historical Society has advised that they have several Foster photos, but no negatives. Many of my peers will remember Leighton Brud “L.B.” Foster, who owned Foster Drug until his death in 1984. If he had retained the negative collection from his father’s business, I suspect that the negatives were thrown in a dumpster after Foster’s death. I have communicated with numerous people on the topic, and none have had any insights about the disposition of the negatives.
Starting in 1917, Foster partnered with Ralph R. Doubleday, who became the dean of American rodeo photography. The Doubleday-Foster Photo Company was dissolved about two years later. Foster later sold many Doubleday images under the Foster name. For some years, George Foster had a location in the basement of the Elks Building on North 7th Street. The photography business had its own manager. It is uncertain how many Foster Photo images were captured by George Foster versus Foster employees.
2) Miles City Roundup.
The first MC Roundup was held in 1913. The Roundup, always held on the July 4 weekend, had no connection with the Bucking Horse Sale. For at least two years, 1950 and 1951, both rodeos were held in Miles City.
3) Gene Autry.
Gene Autry’s first known appearance in a local parade was in the Roundup Parade of 1951. I have seen references to an Autry appearance in 1954. Reportedly, Autry appeared in Miles City for the 1959 Diamond Jubilee Celebration for the Montana Stockgrower’s Association. I have 1951 photos and some undated Autry images from his appearances in Miles City, downloaded from various sites over the years.
I can best be reached at gcoffrin at gmail dot com.
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