When I was doing the research for last week’s post on Max Autrey I discovered that we had a small collection, just a single box, of materials from Lynette Autrey. We can now get things from the Library Service Center on Tuesdays and Thursdays so I requested it and it came in the other day. There’s not much there to speak of except for one thing–a scrapbook, containing mostly photographs taken by the Autrey family in 1912. They are on the whole very good pictures, clear and fairly well composed, of the sights they saw on a trip to Philadelphia, New York, Boston, Key West, and Havana (along with several pages of Galveston, Seabrook, and Texas City images that seem to have been taken at roughly the same time period). I thought at first they might be from Herbert and Lynette’s honeymoon but they didn’t marry until 1915. In any event I haven’t come across anything as wonderful as this scrapbook in quite a while. I’ll share more of it next week but for today, we have here at right young Max Autrey, and a handsome lad he was:
Well, what the heck, I can’t resist a couple more. Here are two images from the scrapbook, undated but labeled “the troops at Texas City.” It’s the second one that blew my mind. It looks like an airplane but doesn’t look like an airplane at the same time. Do you think that could actually fly? Not for long, I’d guess.
Bonus: Progress on the new module of the Library Service Center. We’re so grateful for this.