Perhaps the most beautiful scenes captured by early 20th century amateur photographer Marion G. Warner depict his hometown of Monroe, Ohio, blanketed in snow.
His winter scenes are among the 800-plus photos in the Marion G. Warner Photo Collection originally curated by and made available to MidPointe Library by the Monroe Historical Society.
Mr. Warner’s exceptionally sharp black-and-white images -- each derived from a glass plate negative -- depict families, individuals of all ages, animals, homes, businesses, buildings, churches and many outdoor scenes from Monroe in the 1900s, 1910s and 1920s.
With an artist’s eye, Mr. Warner (1861-1922), a Monroe businessman, produced winter scenes that are reminiscent of Currier and Ives prints. Interestingly, his photos illustrate that life in Monroe in the early 1900s is remarkably similar to today.
The Marion G. Warner Photograph Collection can be accessed at http://www.midpointedigitalarchives.org/digital/. Online visitors can click on the category of photo they wish to see : buildings, churches, homes and houses, people and families, business, street views, bridges or browse the entire collection.
At MidPointe Library Middletown, the Warner collection appears as a photographic exhibit on a 70-inch interactive touchscreen in its Local History and Genealogy Gallery. Enlarged prints of the photos are also displayed. The library is located at 125 S. Broad Street.
Can you help? If you can identify people or places in the Marion G. Warner Photograph Collection or would like to correct items that have been misidentified please contact the library at https://www.midpointelibrary.org/page/contact-form