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Searching for the past
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Can you identify the location, occasion or anyone in this vintage photograph? - photo by Photo provided

By now you should be getting the Christmas decorations down and have eaten your New Year’s Day peas and greens for luck and money.

As we begin a New Year — 2014 — let us not forget our past. The photograph at left is from the Heidt family vintage collection. Can you help us figure the location? It is interesting that the building has double doors on the front, so perhaps it is a business? It certainly was a large group gathered for some event. Is it Guyton, Clyo, Springfield or Rincon?

This brings to mind the new photos that were taken over the holiday season. Mark them with who is in the photo, the date and location. If they are online photos, give them a title. In years to come, someone searching for their past may have it easier in identifying the picture information. There is a special pen that is safe to use on the back of photographs available at craft stores and large box stores. This pen prevents long-term damage.

Historic Effingham Society needs old photographs not previously used for our upcoming calendar and this column. Get in touch with me if you can offer us some vintage photos.

This was written by Susan Exley of Historic Effingham Society. If you have photos, comments or information to share, contact Susan Exley at 754-6681 or email her at