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Herald-Dispatch photo archive -

Author John D. "Jack" Ratcliff was a Huntington native who contributed more than 200 articles to Reader's Digest. A son of a prosperous wholesale grocer, Ratcliff was educated in Huntington schools and followed his father's wish to study mining engineering. He attended Massachusetts Institute of Technology for two years and transferred to West Virginia University to specialize in coal mining engineering. While at WVU, he became editor of Moonshine, the university magazine, and, when the coal industry collapsed in the mid-1920s, he forgot about engineering and decided to go into writing. On his graduation, he went to New York and took a job with the old United Press. He later joined Time magazine, writing science and medical news, and joined the staff of Newsweek when it was founded in 1933. Ratcliff also worked for Fortune prior to becoming a freelance writer. After becoming a freelance writher in 1938, Ratcliff traveled throughout the world writing articles on "every topic but politics." He produced some 700 articles for such magazines as Collier's, Saturday Evening Post, McCall's, Ladies' Home Journal and Woman's Home Companion, as well as the Digest. Ratcliff died Oct. 24, 1973, in New York City at the age of 70. These photos are from September 1940.

Gallery: Do you remember? -- May 2, 2011

May. 02, 2011 @ 11:49 AM

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.


April 25, 2011

April 18, 2011

April 11, 2011

April 4, 2011

March 28, 2011

1984 Marshall vs. ETSU, welcome home rally

March 21, 2011

March 20, 2011

March 16, 2011

March 15, 2011

March 9, 2011

March 8, 2011

March 7, 2011

Feb. 28, 2011

Feb. 23, 2011

Feb. 21, 2011

Feb. 14, 2011

Feb. 7, 2011

Jan. 31, 2011

Jan. 24, 2011

Jan. 17, 2011

Jan. 10, 2011

Jan. 6, 2011

Jan. 3, 2011

Dec. 27, 2010

Dec. 20, 2010

Dec. 14, 2010

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 acopley@herald-dispatch.com or call 304-526-2764. Be sure to include the title of the gallery, details of the photo, your name and phone number.