Totally OT but there are a few smart people here.
I am trying to get information from a vintage 1959 photo.
I have no info about the people, but the car has a very clear license
plate number from Wisconsin 1959
Though there is a reverse look-up service ...the on-line version from my
Wisconsin does not do anything but recent.
Any ideas what I should try?
I found an old box of photographic slides near the trash cans in my
alley a number of years ago and am now going through them and many are
quite interesting. My thoughts were that I should try to contact the
Since they were discarded he is probably dead now or since they were
trash...obviously not important.
Well, sometimes the originator thinks they're of no further interest but
there are still family descendants who, if they knew of their existence
or more directly that they were being destroyed might well appreciate
having them...I was very disappointed to find folks had disposed of a
great deal of "stuff" from grandparents' house when they were redoing it
w/o being made aware of it. I'd at least like to have had the
opportunity and there are a couple of particular items I definitely
would have saved.
Alternatively, if you cannot find the original identity or family, many
local historical societies, museums, etc., are interested also in at
least seeing collections before they're destroyed. They're of less
value if undocumented for these purposes, but I'd suggest at least
contacting the local County Historical Society first; who knows,
somebody there may recognize the family directly. That presumes that
they are local, of course...if you're in AZ, WI folk aren't so likely to
be known. :)
They are from a community near Milwaukee (which is where I'm from) so I
think there would be local interest.
I will probably show them to the art dealer in town who handles my
wife's' art and my photography.
Call the main public library in Milwaukee or Madison, or the DMV in
Madison. But I think it's not likely they'll have it. There were
city directories in some cities then that listed people by address,
but I don't think anything listed people by license plate.
That leaves the DMV. Maybe if you pay them they'll go in the
basement and look up the info. When I called the Cleveland Clinic,
where my father died, I told them it was 1955 and they told me I could
get his records if I filed the request, a death certificate, and a
form showing I was his son. I forget how much it was going to cost.
I don't know how much information they would really be able to give
me. Maybe just one page with the day he entered and the day he left.
I might still do it but the desire waned. (He and two men he knew
from the same small city 100 miles from Cleveland, within the span of
two years, all had heart problems, all went to the Clinic, all were
doing remarkably better, and all died suddenly. They obviously had
some innovative treatment, and I was hoping to find out what it was
and if they ever got it right, and if my father played even a small
role in that. They probably weren't the only three. But even if the
records are faily complete, I think I'd have trouble deducing what
happened next with regard to research. Unless the doctor's name is
there and he was famous or later successful. )
There used to be little advertising booklets here in Nebraska.
The booklets would have people's names and license plate numbers.
They might've had phone numbers and address too but I can't remember.
They might've been called county directories.
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