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Old 07-18-2010, 09:38 AM
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While Capt. Charlie Lehman was doing research for his book "A Rivermans Lexicon" he visited Jeffboat and while there he noticed a box marked "discard". He asked if he could have the box which they gladly gave to him since they were going to trash it anyway. It turns out that the box contains over 2000 negatives taken by Jeffersonville photographer Bill Grant of construction photos, yard photos and people at Jeffboat during the period 1973 - 1977. Bill Grant was the official photographer of Jeffboat who they hired to document all towboat launchings, important barge launchings and the construction of the MISSISSIPPI QUEEN.
There must be a thousand progress pictures of the MQ including all of it's trial runs. The pictures are of great historic value and they are of the highest quality since Bill was a professional photographer. I would estimate that about 70% of the pictures are in color and the other 30% in black and white.
Charlie has given the photos to the Photo Archives at UofL. As soon as UofL can document and copy the photos, they will be available to the public.
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