This photo is from my grandfather’s album. This is Gail Patterson with the winning float at Heidelberg College’s Color Day in 1927. From the album: It took a lot of hard work to build this float, but it won first prize. Gail was a happy Girl the day she drove “The Best of All Floats” through the streets of Tiffin. Too bad color photos hadn’t been invented yet!

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Sometimes a picture tells a story. Sometimes it does it better than words, other times a picture can help the words along. Sometimes a picture only lets you know that a story exists that you will probably never know. Take this photo of my great-uncle Earl Joachim. Since that is not the traditional dress of 1927, which is about when this photo was taken, there is probably an interesting story here that I will never know.

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My great grandfather, James Layton Patterson was a builder and inventor. This photo shows an installation of an air conditioner that he built. It was installed in the Charles Restaurant in Fremont, Ohio. I don’t think his air conditioner ever made it big. Instead, he was known as a builder in the Tiffin, Ohio area. He built a number of commercial buildings and homes, at least two of which were his own homes.

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