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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.

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