Monroe, Ohio, residents in the early 20th century found interesting ways to spend their free time as illustrated in the Marion G. Warner Photograph Collection available on MidPointe Library’s Digital Archives http://www.midpointedigitalarchives.org/digital/ . The photos are also featured in a special exhibit at MidPointe’s Middletown location.
The collection was originally curated by and made available to MidPointe Library by the Monroe Historical Society.
Many recreational scenes are among the 800-plus black-and-white photographs taken by Mr. Warner (1861-1922), a Monroe resident, businessman and artist as well as amateur photographer. He derived the images from glass plate negatives.
Like many of us today, people in the early 1900s, 1910s and 1920s enjoyed a variety of free-time pursuits:
At the end of the day, reuniting with family appeared to be #1 on the recreational list. Mr. Warner took many photographs of families large and small, known and unknown. Study this photo and maybe you’ll recognize an ancestor or two :
Along with recreational pursuits, the Warner collection includes numerous categories of photos : buildings, churches, homes and houses, people and families, businesses, street views, bridges.
In addition to the digital presentation, the collection appears as a photographic exhibit on a 70-inch interactive touchscreen in the Local History and Genealogy Gallery at MidPointe Middletown. Enlarged prints of the photos are also displayed. The library is located at 125 S. Broad Street.