Today’s throwback Thursday photograph shows a scene of horse logging in Tompkins County, New York. Groton native, Verne Morton, took the photo in 1910. Morton began taking pictures in the late 1890s, and eventually gave up a career as a teacher to pursue photography full-time. Morton’s specialty was photographing the outdoors, especially images of farm scenes and rural life. Morton lived in Groton for the majority of his life, capturing the history of the surrounding communities in over 12,000 beautifully composed images. Today, the majority of Morton’s original negatives are preserved by the History Center in Tompkins County.
Tune in for the premiere of Harvest, WSKG’s new local history documentary, on November 19 at 8PM to see more of Morton’s stunning photographs.
Photograph courtesy of the History Center in Tompkins County.