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My hands have been full lately seeking out photos relating to the Albion Volunteer Fire Department, for use in a book about ... well, I already said it. A photo book about the people and history of the AFD--the above photo is a mood setter, a century old picture of the courthouse at the center of Albion.

I put the project on hold to work on a novel, but now I'm back, seeking out stuff I'd already collected on hard drives, thumb drives, backup drives ... I even drove the car, just to cover all my drives.

Emily now has a few dozen photos that still need to be scanned into the computer ... and I ended up with 17.7 gigabytes of pictures, in 184 computer folders--totaling well over 9,000 photographs.

Best case, the finished book might have about 750 photos in it.

And I haven't even finished begging other people for their photos. Heck, I haven't even tracked down the people who said they had stuff for me two years ago, before I got off on several tangents and put the project on a back burner.

So if you don't hear from me much in coming weeks, it's because I'm working on the photo equivalent of the second, third, and fourth drafts, discarding photos that aren't quite right and seeking out still more of historical interest. Do you have some?

I didn't really understand how difficult and time consuming projects like this could be until we went into Images of America: Albion and Noble County. Now I do, but here I am, anyway.

But hey--it's a good social distancing project, right?


Photos like this, only older. Not firefighter older--Phil's been on the department so long, he was the one who used to train the new horses. (Don't tell Phil I said that.) Heck, I'll look at anything.
Meanwhile, don't forget to check out our older books, including another local history book, my previous look at the Albion Fire Department--which was more words, less pictures--and all the fiction a self-quarantining reader could desire.

"Wait ... will there be fire dogs? I love Dalmatians."
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