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Looking Back with Tim McDonald

Photographer Ken Dagley (Photo from the Ken Dagley Collection)
Photographer Ken Dagley (Photo from the Ken Dagley Collection)

Many of you fondly remember the interesting articles that were written every week in the Liverpool Advance by the late Armand F. Wigglesworth. For years, he wrote about people, sports, places and events all pertaining to Queens County. He took his articles and put them into six volumes of books titled “Anecdotes of Queens County” (published 1991-2006).

Armand passed away in 2008 at the age of 89. After his death, his wife, Audrey, gave me a collection of his negatives, which I tucked away since that day. A few months ago, I purchased a scanner to scan those negatives with the hope of being able to put names to the faces in the many photographs.

 

I decided to share the photos with my two thousand Facebook friends. I wanted feedback on these photos that were taken about 55 years ago. In a very short time, my Facebook page was the busiest that it had ever been. Everyone was thrilled to see old photographs of themselves or loved ones, some who have since passed away. There were photos of school classes, social gatherings, sporting events and much, much more.

 

In total, I scanned over 1500 negatives. My Facebook page gained over 200 new friends who wanted to be part of the fun. People enjoyed being able to identify the events and the people in many of the photos. Finally, I scanned the last of Armand’s negatives but the adventure was not over. I then contacted local photographer, Ken Dagley of Brooklyn, who had nearly 40 boxes of his old negatives. He kindly loaned them to me. His negatives covered a similar time, starting in the early 1960s into the mid 1970s.

Those years were a time when many organizations and sports venues were filled with members. Sports like curling, bowling and baseball were very popular. Armand and Ken’s photographs captured a time when the Kinsmen, Kiwanis, the Legion, IOOF and many other organizations were at their peak.

Armand passed away in 2008 at the age of 89. After his death, his wife, Audrey, gave me a collection of his negatives, which I tucked away since that day. A few months ago, I purchased a scanner to scan those negatives with the hope of being able to put names to the faces in the many photographs.

 

I decided to share the photos with my two thousand Facebook friends. I wanted feedback on these photos that were taken about 55 years ago. In a very short time, my Facebook page was the busiest that it had ever been. Everyone was thrilled to see old photographs of themselves or loved ones, some who have since passed away. There were photos of school classes, social gatherings, sporting events and much, much more.

 

In total, I scanned over 1500 negatives. My Facebook page gained over 200 new friends who wanted to be part of the fun. People enjoyed being able to identify the events and the people in many of the photos. Finally, I scanned the last of Armand’s negatives but the adventure was not over. I then contacted local photographer, Ken Dagley of Brooklyn, who had nearly 40 boxes of his old negatives. He kindly loaned them to me. His negatives covered a similar time, starting in the early 1960s into the mid 1970s.

Those years were a time when many organizations and sports venues were filled with members. Sports like curling, bowling and baseball were very popular. Armand and Ken’s photographs captured a time when the Kinsmen, Kiwanis, the Legion, IOOF and many other organizations were at their peak.

Armand Wigglesworth (Photo from the Armand Wigglesworth Collection,)

These photographs are treasures. For many people, they are seeing photos of themselves that they had never seen before. Even for myself, I found a few family members in the old pictures. One of my favorites was one of my mom, who was about 15 years old at the time, enjoying the popular dances at the old Liverpool Fire Hall.

 

The many comments on my Facebook page about the pictures have been overwhelming. Whenever I visit Liverpool, people are quick to stop me for a conversation about the old photos. I had no idea what impact they would have.

 

Ken Dagley is thrilled that new life has been given to his old photos and I am sure Armand would be so pleased that his old photos are bringing so much joy to so many.

 

Because there are people who are not on Facebook, a decision was made to start a new feature in the Advance. Each week, one of the old photos will be shown in “Looking Back With Tim McDonald”. Hope you will enjoy the memories that these photos create!

Tim can be reached at localhistorynut2015@gmail.com

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