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Local History Publication Award Lecture Series: Sandusky's Photographer: The Real Photo Postcards of Ernst Niebergall

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at 3:30pm to 5:30pm

Jerome Library, Pallister Conference Room
Jerome Library, Bowling Green, OH 43403

Free and Open to the public. No RSVP required. 

Please join the Center for Archival Collections (CAC) in welcoming authors Jim Semon Sr., Roger Dickman, and Jeff Brown to Jerome Library for a presentation on their book Sandusky’s Photographer: The Real Photo Postcards of Ernst Niebergall (Firelands Postcard Club, 2018), winner of the CAC’s 2018 Local History Publication Award in the Independent Scholar category. 

German immigrant Ernst Niebergall was a skilled and prolific photographer who set up a commercial photography business in Sandusky, Ohio in 1908.  Over the ensuing four decades, Niebergall captured remarkable images of everyday life and significant events in Northwest Ohio, which were later transferred to real photo postcards.  He died in poverty in 1954 and has since largely been forgotten.

At this talk, Semon, Dickman, and Brown, all of whom are collectors of Niebergall’s postcards, will share their stories of discovering Niebergall’s work and artistry, and will describe the process of compiling select postcards from their collections into a book in order to raise awareness of this little-known Northwest Ohio artist.  Samples of Niebergall’s original postcards will be shown, as will one of the cases Niebergall used to transport glass plate negatives to photo locations.

This presentation is part of the CAC’s Local History Publication Award Lecture series.

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