Two comprehensive archival quality books are now available that contain a vast array of one-of-a-kind visual treasures from Macon County Missouri. The foundation of these volumes is the inexhaustible collection of vintage area scenes from the archives of Frankes Photography Studio. The books also include 19th century woodcuts and prints from long forgotten antique glass negatives taken by local professional photographers depicting the regional charm of yesteryear. These encyclopedic works include the best of these pictorial gems that were previously buried under the dust of time as well as hundreds of handpicked photographs graciously provided by a variety of invaluable resources such as the Macon County Historical Society, the Blees Still-Hildreth Museum, local businesses, historians and many individual contributors. Out of over 10,000 images considered and scanned during a four year period, only photographs exhibiting the widest general appeal, the most interesting and nostalgic were chosen to fill the 256 acid-free pages of each book. Unsurpassed in their quality and approach, not only are these beautifully bound books, each containing over 850 photographs, destined to adorn coffee tables, lobbies and waiting rooms; they are now the primary reference manuals for those seeking the definitive photographic panorama of historical Macon.
Macons Photographic History Books may be obtained from:
Franke's is typically open Tuesdays through Fridays 8:30 AM to 5 PM. Drop in or call to have your order shipped.
A few of the fascinating subjects found in Volume One, the Sesquicentennial Edition, are:
Even more impossibly rare photos were uncovered to produce Volume Two, a few of which are: