Here’s your chance to own a photograph of your Tazewell County ancestor taken by the same man who photographed Abraham Lincoln!
Pioneering photographer Henry H. (“H. H.”) Cole created a historical picture gallery of notable Tazewell County residents—displayed at one time on the hallway walls of the Tazewell County Courthouse. Many of these photographs are of early Tazewell County settlers.
Our archivists were given access to over 1500 of the 5″x7″ photos that had been stored in the basement of the Tazewell County Courthouse for decades. The photographs were scanned digitally (lossless tiff format, 200 dpi).
If you find an ancestor listed and would like a copy of his photograph, we can send you the digital image by email. Or, if you prefer, we can have the 5″x7″ photo printed on high-quality photo paper, suitable for framing and display in your home. Your choice for only $12.00.
Some of the photos have flaws such as torn corners in the photo’s matt, indexing number stickers, or handwritten notes on masking tape (see sample image above). These blemishes are generally minor (usually not to the image itself) and can easily be repaired digitally using image editing software. Or, at the time of the photo order, you can add our $6 option for up to 1/2 hour of editing before we send you the photo.
See the images above for examples of before and after clean-up.