Thanks to a generous loan from Tom Peacock, the library now has over 100 digitized images of William "Fred" Peacock and his wife Margaret "Margie" Peacock in our collection. We began our research on 1930s chorus girl and Hollywood film dancer Margie Murphy Peacock back in January. After marrying Darlington native Fred Peacock in the 1940s, Margie moved to Crawfordsville and resided here until her death in 1989. Fred Peacock served in the army during World War II and was a well-known dentist who practiced in Crawfordsville until his death in 1981. The collection includes head shots, modeling photos, and cast photos of Margie Peacock when she performed as Margie Murphy in the 1930s. Also included are snapshots of Fred Peacock overseas during World War II.
You can access the Peacock collection by going to our image database and entering the following in the subject field:
Murphy, Margaret "Margie"
Peacock, Margaret "Margie"
Peacock, William Frederick "Fred"
You can also enter their names in the keyword field to browse the collection.
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
CDPL has a photo of Watkins with the Sunshine Society at the 1914 County Fair. You can see it here!
We also have Douglas Perry's latest book on Watkins and the writing of Chicago.
If you would like more information about Maurine Watkins in Crawfordsville, please contact the Reference/Local History Department at 765.362.2242 ext 117 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted by CDPL at 12:11 PM
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Scanning this panoramic photograph for our image database proved to be a challenge because the image was over 2.5 feet long and some 10 inches tall. We had to scan it in five sections and then "stitch" together the sections to make one image. Using Windows 7 with its Live Photo Gallery made this once difficult chore very easy because Photo Gallery has a feature that can recognize overlapping images in order to make one image out of it. All five sections blended well with one another except for the first section on the left -- Photo Gallery could not recognize that section as part of the panoramic photo because we simply could not seem to scan it at the same size as the other four sections (so we finally ended up attaching that section manually, as is obvious). But at least for now we are able to share with the community a photo that few have seen before.
Are you curious to see a few more images we have, taken of the same building around the same time? You can find several on our image database, including:
Posted by CDPL at 7:01 AM