Thorntown Library

Thorntown Library
Nikon N90s, 50mm f/1.8D AF Nikkor
GAF 125 Versapan x/7-72 @ EI 80

I made a few photos on the expired GAF 125 film in Thorntown, a small town here in Boone County, Indiana. This is Thorntown’s library. This is the original building, one of the hundreds of libraries industrialist Andrew Carnegie build around the country. I documented several other Indiana Carnegie libraries here.

I’ve now shared the best of my photos on this roll of very expired film.

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single frame: Thorntown Library

The library in Thorntown, Indiana, on film expired since 1972.


15 thoughts on “single frame: Thorntown Library

  1. DougD says:

    Our town in Canada has one, it’s an art gallery now.
    A library is more helpful than shooting your self into space.

  2. Andy Umbo says:

    When I’m driving around, I always see those well built, small town Carnegie libraries almost in every substantial city. Even if they’re not still libraries, they are art galleries or cultural destinations, rarely have they been pulled down. Pays to build well.

    Always love this about what Andrew Carnegie said about wealth:

    “Carnegie believed in giving wealth away during one’s lifetime, and this essay includes one of his most famous quotes, “The man who dies thus rich dies disgraced.” from the Gospel of Wealth.

    Doug D’s got it right. There are people so wealthy now that they can finance trips to space, but even the retired middle class can’t find affordable housing. Where I live, all the new apartments built last year would need an income almost twice the reported average household income in my area to actually rent. There are a handful of the super wealthy that could change this nation wide literally tomorrow. Where’s our Andrew Carnegie?

    • tbm3fan says:

      I agree. In fact it is hard to believe that this shot came from the same roll as the other days previous shots did even though we know it did.

    • I did very little post-processing of these — they all looked pretty good straight off the scanner. This is probably technically the best image on the roll, but all of them had far better tonal range than you’d expect from film this old.

  3. Nancy+Stewart says:

    I spent a lot of hours after school at our little Carnegie library in Rochester, waiting for my mother to get off work at our doctor’s office. It was like a second home for me.

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