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The Fresno Historical Society is offering you the chance to give a truly unique gift this holiday season.
The nonprofit organization houses a large collection of historical photos from Fresno’s early years—most dated between 1870 and 1970. You can buy digital copies of these images, print them out and frame them, and give a little piece of Fresno history to your slightly nerdier friends and relatives (I kid!).
Images reflect Fresno’s development
On the Fresno Historical Society’s website, the photo collection is broken down into categories, including People, Agriculture, City Scenes, Special Events, Sports, Mountain Scenes, etc. You can check out the entire collection photo by photo or, if you know someone with a specific interest, go right to that category.
The super cool thing is that many of the photos feature a description that gives context to the image, like the photo below, which is labeled “Fresno Kindergarten“:
Miss Gertrude Wilson established Fresno’s first kindergarten program in 1885. Her own donkey and cart served as the “school Bus” for the students she taught in her own home.
How to purchase historical photo reproductions
Digital files range from $10 to $30, depending on size, and are available in JPG or TIFF file format. To purchase a historic photograph reproduction, email the Fresno Historical Society at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information and to see available images, visit the Fresno Historical Society website. And check out a handful of photo reproductions I find interesting below.