The Filson Historical Society Digital Projects

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    Photograph of Elmer Hammonds, Sr., posing outside with his dog. Elmer Johnson Hammonds, Sr. (1903-1987) grew up in Bardstown, Kentucky, and moved to Louisville in the early 1930s. In 1931, he married Ophelia Doyle Guinn (1899-1964). The couple raised three children on West Chestnut Street. Elmer worked as a Pullman Porter for over 39 years, from 1929 to 1968. During the heyday of railroad travel, the Pullman Porters attended to the needs of train passengers. In the beginning, the Pullman Company hired only Black men for the job of porter.
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    Photograph of Clair Mills (1886-1978) posing in front of her home at 703 Alta Vista Road, Louisville, Kentucky. Mills is standing between her pug named Bob and horse named Brae King.
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    Photograph of Barry Bingham Sr. (1906-1988) with three of his five children, Jonathan, Sallie, and Eleanor, along with their standard poodle Figaro at the family amphitheater. The Binghams owned several standard poodles over the years, many named after opera characters. Bingham Sr. was a second-generation owner of The Louisville Courier-Journal, Louisville Times, and WHAS radio and television.
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    Photograph of Barry Bingham Sr. (1906-1988) seated with the family standard poodle Popo on the West Terrace, Melcomb estate. Bingham was a second-generation owner of The Louisville Courier-Journal, Louisville Times, and WHAS radio and television. Popo is a frequent subject among the Bingham family photos.

    Polaroid of Lucy C. Mickens (1895-1970) holding her pet dachshund on her lap. Lucy was born in Eastwood, Jefferson County, Kentucky, and resided in the same neighborhood her entire life. She was married to Robert Thomas, Sr., and the couple had three children, Miles, Robert, and Estella. Lucy and Robert, Sr., separated in the 1920s, and Lucy remarried twice: first to Filmore Colemand and later to John Clark. In 1927, she bought property on Gilliland Road and worked as a laundress.

    Photograph of six employees posing with dog on a bench at Hazelwood Tuberculosis Sanatorium in Louisville, Kentucky. Pictured on the bench holding the dog’s paw is Adele Albrecht (1888-1961). Adele met and married Dr. Lee Palmer (1897-1985) while they both worked at Hazelwood, she as a nurse and he as a resident finishing medical school at University of Louisville. After medical school the couple moved to the coal mining town of Allock, Kentucky, where he served as a mining camp doctor. Dr. Palmer went on to serve on the Jefferson County Board of Health and research polio in children, including administering some of the first polio vaccines in Louisville.

    Strip of four photograph booth images of young Martha Albert Butt with her dog.

    Color photograph of Helen Fay Lew (1926-2017) relaxing with her four children and their family dog Holly, a border collie. Helen and her husband Calvin (1925-2008) were married in 1949 in Seattle, Washington. The couple moved to Louisville, Kentucky, in 1958, when Calvin joined the faculty of the University of Louisville’s School of Medicine, where he founded the Biomedical Aging Research Program. Once their four children were grown, Helen founded the Crane House in 1987 to celebrate and share Chinese culture throughout Kentucky and Southern Indiana.

    Two photographs of Dr. Jeffrey Fowler, a Blind cardiologist at Jewish Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky, walking with his service dog Dottie and reading scans while Dottie sits beside him. Dr. Fowler had average vision as a child, but his eyes gradually deteriorated from a genetic condition called retinitis pigmentosa. He stopped driving around 1964, during his second year of medical school. At the suggestion of a nurse who bred Akitas, Fowler acquired Dottie in 1991. Dottie went through obedience and behavior training in California and Ohio and was put into service in mid-1992. In 1994, Dottie won an annual service-dog award from the Delta Society (now called Pet Partners).

    Portrait of Elen (Fran) Levey posing with her Siamese cat for the Jewish Community of Louisville.

    Photograph of Mary Churchill Bacon (1904-1941) in the garden posing with her cat. Mary was born in Louisville, Kentucky, to Ernest J. Bacon, attorney and son of prominent 19th-century attorney Byron Bacon, and Lucy Henry. In 1924, Mary was enrolled at Gulf Park College in Gulfport, Mississippi. By the spring of 1932, she was married to Gerald C. Hayes of Los Angeles. The couple later moved to Los Angeles, California, followed by Mary’s family, who relocated in the mid-1930s. By 1940, Mary was divorced and living in Oklahoma City. The next year, Mary died in Midland, Texas, while visiting friends.

    Photograph of three young children outside with a cat. The children are unidentified but are related to the Dudley family of Flemingsburg, Kentucky. It is possible that the two of the children may be siblings Carrie and Bruce Dudley. Carrie Douglas Dudley Ewen (1894-1985), known artistically as “Doug Ewen,” was a Louisville-born artist who painted portraits, illustrated children’s books and cookbooks, and even designed greeting cards. Bruce Dudley (1892-1964), served as sports editor for The Courier-Journal, as well as president of the Louisville Baseball Club and Louisville Colonels.

    Photograph of Samuel McKee Burbank (1886 or 1887-1933) posing with his dog.
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    Photographs of the exterior of Samuel Plato's (1882-1957) and Elnora Plato's (1891-1975) Tudor Revival style home at 2509 West Walnut Street in Louisville, Kentucky.
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    Photographs of Samuel Plato (1882-1957), Elnora Plato (1891-1975), and other family members outside of the couple's Tudor Revival style home at 2509 West Walnut Street in Louisville, Kentucky.
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    Photographs of the construction of Samuel Plato's (1882-1957) and Elnora Plato's (1891-1975) Tudor Revival style home at 2509 West Walnut Street in Louisville, Kentucky.
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    Photograph of real estate developer James Taylor in front of his Tudor Revival home at 6600 Shirley Avenue in the James T. Taylor Subdivision of Louisville, Kentucky.
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    Hand-colored photograph of Johanna Struck Gunter, likely taken around she and Paul were married in 1888.
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    Portrait of a young Paul Gunter, likely around the time he was married. Color was likely added to the photo after using the hand coloring technique.
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    Behind Battery E of the 6th Regiment Field Artillery Replacement stands the former home of Herman Kurz, a Louisville grocer. You can see the house on Hess Lane today.
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