Included in the Society’s L Sidney Eslinger Glass Negative Collection are over one hundred glass plate negatives of identified Tazewell County area soldiers in uniform—probably from around World War I (1918). Our archivists have scanned these negatives (archival tiff format, 200 dpi). Unfortunately, there are many, many more unidentified soldier photos in the collection (including the soldier whose photo is shown above)
These photographs were taken by Henry H. (“H.H.”) Cole—a well-known Tazewell County photographer. Over the years, Mr. Cole has become recognized as an early pioneer in the photographic art form.
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 a 5″x7″ photo printed on high-quality photo paper, suitable for framing and display in your home. Your choice for only $12.00.
The photos can have flaws ranging from a minor blemish to cracks in the emulsion on the image’s glass negative. These flaws are repairable using image editing software.