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HARPHH_040620_07.JPG: The Wager Family
Only the wallpaper hints that the Harper House was once considered a "Mansion." The Grecian scenic paper was a fashionable and expensive decoration of the 1830's. The Wager family, heirs to the Robert Harper estate, had considerably financial and political control over the town and the United States Armory. They built the first addition to this building, and added many expensive touches, such as imported French wallpaper. A central stairway connected the addition, making this a substantial home for the well-to-do Wagers.
As the family influence lessened toward the middle of the 19th century, the Wagers began to sell their interests. Converted to an apartment, these two rooms depict a middle class couple of the late 1850's. The old wallpaper is now out of fashion, and the couple was probably hoping the landlord would soon have the place painted.
HARPHH_040620_30.JPG: O'Keefe's Apartment
Dan O'Keefe illustrates how fear pierced the hearts of Harpers Ferry's citizens following the John Brown Raid. Four townspeople had been killed in the raid, including the mayor. O'Keefe became one of many citizens who patrolled the town streets at night. With gun in hand, he would keep a sharp watch for "prowling abolitionists" intent on freeing Brown from his jail cell in nearby Charles Town. There was also the greater fear that northern abolitionists would try to start another slave uprising, and that more townspeople would die.
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2004 photos: Equipment this year: I bought two Fujifilm S7000 digital cameras. While they produced excellent images, I found all of the retractable-lens Fuji models had a disturbing tendency to get dust inside the lens. Dark blurs would show up on the images and the camera had to be sent back to the shop in order to get it fixed. I returned one of the cameras when the blurs showed up in the first month. I found myself buying extended warranties on cameras.
Trips this year: (1) Margot and I went off to Scotland for a few days, my first time overseas. (2) I went to Hawaii on business (such a deal!) and extended it, spending a week in Hawaii and another in California. (3) I went to Tennessee to man a booth and extended it to go to my third Fan Fair country music festival.
Number of photos taken this year: 110,000.
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