One of the many perks of my job as photograph curator is getting to examine the details revealed by our Digital Imaging Lab during the scanning process. Take the photograph of Pete’s Dog House. It is a great photo by itself, but its true charm is exposed in the close-ups.
Pete’s Dog House was located at 143 North 13th Street, Lincoln, Nebraska, next door to the Varsity Theater. This photograph was taken November 26, 1948 and is part of the Macdonald Studio Collection. We are currently in the middle of a project to digitize the Macdonald Collection.
The Macdonald Studio was one Lincoln’s leading commercial photography studios. The collection came to NSHS in the mid-1980’s and is comprised of about 19,000 images that chronicle Lincoln’s history from the 1920’s to the 1950’s. Each image is as breathtaking as the next.
Much of the Macdonald Collection is very high quality, original negatives. This means, the digital images our scan technicians are producing have amazing details. To learn more about how digital imaging reveals hidden history, check out our website: http://www.nebraskahistory.org/lib-arch/research/photos/digital/history.htm.
So, back to Pete’s. . . according to the menu at right, all breeds of hot dogs were 15¢. To the left of the menu, the hot dog and bun warmer is topped with a sign that reads, “Through these portals pass the world’s most tasty dogs.” Glass cases below the windows hold mouth watering caramel apples, which were only 10¢.
Does anyone remember Pete’s Dog House? I would love to hear about it. Leave your memory in the comments.
Curator of the Visual and Audio Collections