A Visual History of Southwest Missouri

The Carl Taylor Photographic Negative Collection was created to showcase and exhibit images collected by the Jasper County Records Center as part of their Carl Taylor Digitization Project. Carl Taylor a former mayor, city councilman, photojournalist, and photographer in Carthage, Missouri, owned a commercial photography studio from 1955 to 1978. His complete collection of negatives (close to 100,000 total) encompasses everything from portraiture and the commemoration of special events, to scenes of everyday life and disturbing car crashes. As a whole, the collection gives you a fascinating view of life in rural and metropolitan southwest Missouri during mid-century America.

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The aftermath of a fire in La Russell, Missouri

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The aftermath of a fire in La Russell, Missouri