Glens Falls Hometown USA

Crandall Public Library’s Glens Falls Hometown USA New York Heritage collection is a small sample of over 5000 photographs taken by Look Magazine photographers in 1943-44 for a series of six articles presenting Glens Falls as a patriotic model of the home front during World War II. The articles were published on April 4 and 18, June 27, September 5 and 19, and November 28, 1944. Look anticipated that these articles would provide other communities with ideas to stimulate their own postwar planning. The author of the series of articles was George F. Koether, associate editor of Look. Look sent a team of photographers to Glens Falls for several months in 1943 and 1944 in preparation for these articles. The principal photographers were Harold Rhodenbaugh and Betty Truxell. A person identified only as Sandberg also took a few photographs.

All of the photographs are held by the library. Together, they provide a detailed community portrait of the Glens Falls area, showing people, streets, buildings, schools, churches, industries, restaurants, hospital, recreation, parades, servicemen, and various wartime activities. While the emphasis clearly is on Glens Falls, some photographs of Queensbury, Lake George, and other surrounding communities are also included.

Most of the more than 5,000 photographs are small black and white prints, 2.5 inches square in size, probably contact prints. Additional material in the collection includes copies of the six articles published in Look, identification sheets for some of the photographs, and enlargements of a few of the photographs prepared by Crandall Library for its exhibits.

Detailed inventory of photographs available in the repository.

In May 2015, the local ABC affiliate produced a news story on the collection which can be viewed here:

Collection owner: Crandall Public Library, Folklife Center