The Sam A. Feltner Photo Archive

 In 2009 an archive of over 1100 glass plate photographic negatives taken by Sam A. Feltner, a resident of Bumpus Mills, came to light. He photographed local individuals, couples, families, etc., mostly during the 1910 - 1925 time period. It appears most of his work was in Districts 3, 4 and 5 of Stewart County. Over 1800 images are in the archive. Sam was quite an entrepreneur. Not only did he take and sell photographs, but he was an optometrist and watch repairman as well. At one point he also sold penny postcards.

I was able to copy these plates and convert them to positive images. I organized the images into categories, i.e. individuals (Ind), families (F), adult groups (AG), school groups (S), etc. and gave each image an identifying number. The photos were indexed with whatever information was known about the photo. In some cases identifications were made and included in the index. The entire digitized archive has been donated to the Stewart County Public Library and the Stewart County Historical Society.

Unfortunately, the plates were not properly stored over the years and moisture damaged many of the plates. However, most of the damage is limited to the edges so the people in the center of the image are still recognizable.

Mr. Jim Long has been a great help in identifying many of the people in the photos. We hope that as more and more people view the archive, more identifications will follow.

 

Duane Hargis, March 2010

 

 

Clicking on a link in the table below will take you to the photo page for that category. Beneath each photo is a Photo ID number, the identification of the photo (if known), and a link you can click to send Duane information about that photo. Your help in identifying these photos is greatly appreciated!

 

A complete listing of the photos is available here (last update 12/31/2016).

 

You will also want to read additional information shared by others who have already browsed the photos: Photo Info #1, Photo Info #2, Photo Info #3, Photo Info #4, Photo Info #9, Photo Info #10, Photo Info #11

 

Category

Category Code

Number of Photos

Last Update

Adult Groups

AG

174

12/31/2016

African-Americans

AA

81

8/25/2012

Couples

C

123

12/31/2016

Families

F

212

12/31/2016

Fort Donelson

FD

23

9/12/2015

Individuals

Ind

254

12/31/2016

Infants

I

193

10/02/2010

Miscellaneous

M

92

5/28/2016

Parent-grandparent and child

PC

96

2/03/2016

School Groups

S

123

12/31/2016

Uniforms Army, Band, Woodmen of the World

UA, UB, UW

14

11/4/2012

Young Children

YC

388

5/7/2016