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Selections from the book Historic Photos of Montana by Gary Glynn

August 1944 in Montana

August 1 – The Helena rodeo opened.

August 2 – Miners Field Day was celebrated in Butte.

August 7 – The 13th annual Northern Montana Fair opened to record attendance in Great Falls. A pilot died when his A-20 crashed 14 miles from Great Falls.

August 8 – A woman taxi driver was beaten and robbed of $33 in Great Falls.

August 13 – The Midland Empire Fair opened in Billings. A strike closed the Pierce Packing Co. in Billings after the company hired a non-union carpenter. The company sued the union for $150,000 damages.

August 14 – The Cole Brothers Circus performed in Great Falls.

August 15 – Three drowned in the Thompson River.

August 18 – Five–year–old Charlie Crocker of Great Falls was flown to St. Louis for emergency surgery to remove a tooth stuck in his bronchial passage.

August 22 – State Treasurer Thomas E. Carey was found dead of an apparent heart attack in a Spokane hotel room.

August 23 – The week-long Pierce Packing strike ended in Billings after the company fired the non-union carpenter whose hiring led to the strike.

August 25 – French and American troops entered Paris.

August 29 – Soviet and Polish authorities revealed the atrocities committed by the Nazis at Majdanek concentration camp, where 1.5 million people were murdered.

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Book signing

I will be signing copies of That Beautiful Little Post: The Story of Fort Missoula and Montana’s Home Front During World War II at the Missoula Barnes & Noble, 2640 N. Reserve from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday March 15, 2014. Please stop in, have a cup of coffee and say hello.

Note: This book-signing was originally scheduled for March 1, 2014 but was canceled due to Barnes & Noble being closed that day because of blizzard conditions. My apologies for any inconvenience this may have caused.

UPDATE: This event has been rescheduled for March 15, 2 to 4 pm. Hope to see you there.

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Montana Arts Council Review of Historic Photos of Montana

Montana Arts Council: State of the Arts newspaper
July/August 2009

Review of Historic Photos of Montana
Text and captions by Gary Glynn
Turner Publishing Company, Nashville, TN
$39.95 hardcover

Fourth generation Montanan Gary Glynn has been writing about Montana for more than two decades. He is the author of Montana’s Home Front During World War II, numerous articles for both national and regional magazines and is a longtime contributor to the Missoulian newspaper.

In assembling the photographs for his book, Historic Photos of Montana, the author chose pictures to illustrate various aspects of history through “architecture, public spaces, commerce and infrastructure.”

Scenes of early settlements with crude structures and tents are mingled with handsome brick buildings and shots from downtown Missoula and Helena.
Assemblies of military troops, miners, loggers and school children pose for the cameras of notable photographers R.H. McKay and Stan Healy. Famed Native American photographic chronicler Edward S. Curtis is also represented in this work.

The preface to this book suggests that we learn from the past, and that photographs can be less subjective than an author’s words, leaving the observer to form his own untainted perspective of a scene.

Many of these original photographs reside in archival collections that are not easily accessed by the general public. With the assistance of the Mansfield Library at The University of Montana, the Historical Museum at Fort Missoula and the Library of Congress, Glynn has gleaned a treasure trove of images that illustrate the many faces and places of our state’s rich and colorful history. – Judy Shafter

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