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 archives -
Herman Brown, left, was construction superintendent the Huntington plant of International Nickel (later Huntington Alloys, then Inco, then Special Metals). Thanks to John Mayor for the information. According to the St. Mary's Foundation website, Brown was a major figure in Huntington's growth and development – and a great friend to the fledgling hospital. From the website: "Born at Liberty, Virginia, on May 25, 1884, Brown attended St. Andrew's School in Roanoke, leaving at age 16 to work in a foundry and blacksmith shop. He moved on to successfully complete an apprenticeship as a machinist with the Norfolk & Western Railway. He later worked in the auto industry, which then was just beginning. Joining the Chesapeake & Ohio Railway, he held a number of increasingly important posts before being named superintendent of the C&O shops in Huntington. In 1920, Brown left the C&O to become construction superintendent for the new Huntington plant the International Nickel Co. was building. When the plant was nearing its completion, he was named its assistant general manager and in 1944 became general manger, a post he held until his retirement in 1952. Escorting visitors through Inco's mammoth plant, Brown frequently amazed them by calling every employee he would meet by name. ... In 1930, when the hospital named its first Lay Advisory Board, Brown became its long-time chairman, a post he continued to hold until his death in 1955." Date is unknown.