We have a treasure trove of old negatives and photos at The Herald-Dispatch. Some of the images, we know. Others, we have no idea.
We are scanning the negatives and photos and running some of the photos in the newspaper.
These photos were from a box of 4x5 negatives.
Browse through the gallery. If you can add caption information to any of the photos (or correct a caption we already have), e-mail online editor Andrea Copley-Smith at email@example.com or call 304-526-2764. Be sure to include the title of the gallery, details of the photo, your name and phone number.
Herald-Dispatch photo archive -
Chuck Bell, left, soaks up some sun at Dreamland Pool . He thinks the photo is from 1948 or 1949. "Koki Booth was a friend of mine. He lived in Kenova, and his uncle was the builder/owner of Dreamland, so my friends and I used to get in free. I grew up in Huntington. My grandfather was Dr. Samuel E. Langfitt, a dentist. My father, Shirley Bell, was night editor of the Herald Dispatch and had a music critic column called The Music Box," he writes. Dreamland Pool, first opened in 1926, was once the largest swimming pool in the United States east of the Mississippi River, measuring 250 feet by 125 feet. The original construction, seen here, included a three-story pavilion that ran the length of the pool. The top floor of the pavilion included a dance floor, where many notable Big Bands played though the 1930s and 1940s and attracted big names such as Benny Goodman, Louis Armstrong and Frank Sinatra. A June 29, 1973, fire destroyed the pavilion, but the rest of the facility survived. The pool was conveyed to the City of Kenova in 1973. Presently, the Kenova Parks & Recreation Board oversees the operation and management of the facility. About the size of a football field, Dreamland sports two cement floats equidistant from each other in the middle of the pool to allow swimmers a place to rest. Date is unknown.