Friday, 27 May 2011

Greg Rumney speaks about old photographs at Fortuna Chamber

The Fortuna Chamber of Commerce holds their weekly lunch meetings almost every Monday at the Fortuna Monday Club at noon. Recently the meeting hosted speaker Greg Rumney, owner of The Old Photo Guy Fine Art & Historical Images to speak about the preservation of local history through photographs linked to a website he has created.
Rumney's philosophy is, “Preserving the past for the future, one photo at a time.” He is bringing that dream to life by collecting old negatives and photos from around the area and loading them onto a website he has created at Rumney received a lot of pictures and negatives from photographer Rudy Gillard who has since passed away.
Rumney shared, “I am a Fortuna Union High School graduate from the 70's and have collected over 40,000 historical images.” Images are being loaded in categories on the site as fast as possible, but the task is huge. Some images can be seen at local businesses like State Farm Insurance Don Brown who is a big supporter of the project. Other businesses include Umpqua Bank, Best Western, and Eel River Brewery.
The Old Photo Guy added, “Anyone who has old photos or negatives that they would like to include in the preservation of history is encouraged to contact us. The more information you know about yoyr photos, the better as we can include it on the site. If you have the time check out our site, see if you know anything about the pictures that we can add. You might know some of the people, businesses, or the date it was taken.”



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