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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 -
Dick Deutch, left, and John Brickels. Dick Deutch was a sports promoter in West Virginia for 20 years during the 1940s and 50s, writes Jack Dennis. "He brought everything to Huntington from boxing, wrestling, big bands, etc. -- anything that would draw a crowd and make money. He later bought Arena Gardens (at 1st Street and 7th Avenue), and he had EVERYTHING appear there from Marshall basketball to local high school games to ice skating. " Paul Fulks said Deutch was the manager of the Arena Gardens in the early 1940s. "When the Gardens burnt down in 1945, he successfully managed the Vanity Fair (Radio Center) on 4th Avenue in downtown Huntington." John Brickels, a native of Newark, Ohio, and a graduate of Wittenberg University, was head coach of all sports at Huntington High School from 1939 through 1944. His Huntington teams were in the state high school basketball tournament four of his six years, made it to the finals twice and won the state championship in 1944. He also had a state championship track team at Huntington. Brickels was West Virginia University basketball coach for one season, 1945, when the Mountaineers had a 12-6 record. From 1945 until 1949, he was a former assistant to Paul Brown, when Brown was organizing and coaching the Cleveland Browns football team. Brickels is credited with signing most of the original Browns. Brickels served as backfield coach and scout for Brown until he left to become basketball and assistant football coach at Miami University in 1949. From 1950 until his death in 1964, Brickels also served as athletic director at Miami. He helped the Mid-American Conference gain "major" recognition in football by scheduling Big 10 teams for Miami to play. Thanks to George Smith for the identification. Date is unknown.