the Native American. Ultimately, American conservation of culture and gathering of material folk art has dropped in the list of national priorities and for quite a number of years now. The reality is that national heritage is no less important and no less valuable than it was before, but the political and financial structure of the nation no longer makes it possible for private philanthropic preservation such as with contributions of the Rockefellers, Fords, and DuPont’s to the National Heritage as in the past.
Through all of this, at the turn of the century into the 1900’ s, when most of the nation was fascinated with the unbelievable results of automation and the beginning of a mobile America, there were a few who saw the opportunity to record that way of life that was soon to be antediluvian. Such, were men like H. Winslow Fegley of Reading and Amandus D. Moyer of Lobachsville, Pennsylvania, who took their hobby of photography seriously and embarked on a candid picture taking spree that captured for all the lifestyle in this part of America.
Fortunately, Reinert from nearby Pleasantville, Oley Township had the chore of helping clean up Amandus Moyer’s farm for a family who had just bought the farm. Acquainted with the village of Lobachsville, he was a great help adjusting the new couple to the farming territory. However, there were a lot of personal things left behind by Amandus that was of no use to the new family among which were photographic supplies not of any value to this family, who was only interested in farming. Thus, this old box of glass negatives which were very old found in the attic, had no use to them, as well.
Therefore, in honor of his helping clean up the farmstead, they gave him this heavy box of antique glass negatives from the 19th Century made by photographer Amandus Moyer. Some were photos of his old automobile that he drove around photographing local Oley Valley people.