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September 5, 2012

Exhibit to feature local historical photos

By Mark Boshnack
The Daily Star

---- — A window into local history will open Friday at the Delaware County Historical Association.

“Bob Wyer’s Delaware County: Photographs from the Mid-20th Century” will begin 5 p.m. Friday with a wine and cheese reception. It continues through Jan. 31 at the Elijah Thomas Gallery at the DCHA, located at 46549 State Route 10 in Delhi. Admission is free.

Wyer started his photographic career in the late 1930s working for The Daily Star and the Walton Reporter as the Delaware County correspondent. He set up a studio in Delhi in 1942.

His work continued into the 1970s and included years of graduation photos at Delhi Central and other area schools. His wife, Billy, began a successful postcard business with his work after World War II.

The nearly 100 images on display are just a small sampling of the negatives that the late couple donated to DCHA in 1979, executive director Tim Duerdon said.


The recent donation of a scanner will make the more than 150,000 images more accessible for a variety of purposes, he said.  

The exhibit shows the “wide breadth” of his work including murder scenes, accidents, floods and parades.

It also documents stores, hotels, farms and businesses covering life in the Catskills during his career.

DCHA archivist Ray LaFever said the range of photos is “incredible.” Billy Wyer created an index for the negatives that was essential in locating pictures that included Eleanor Roosevelt speaking at a South Kortright convention in 1946 that will be in the show, LaFever said.

“There are some amazing pictures here,” he said. “We’re very excited about this exhibit.

DCHA is open through Oct. 9 from 11 a..m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.

Winter hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.