Historic Photo Project


Historic Photo Project


“St. Louis Bygone Days” – A Collection of Historic Photographs

This colorful tribute to the City of St. Louis was presented by the St. Louis Fine Arts Board in December, 1969. The enlargements were made from photographs and post cards loaned to the Fine Arts Board by area residents for the project. Many of the photographs came from the collection of Lucille Behler.

Lucille Behler, a photographer and native of St. Louis, contributed countless hours of photography and worked tirelessly to restore the original colors to the pictures. The priceless pictures of historical St. Louis that you see here are the result of the dedication and hard work of the Fine Arts Board and of Lucille Behler. Our thanks and appreciation go out to them for caring enough to preserve these memorable moments in our City’s history.

Members of the Fine Arts Board at the time of the presentation were:

Nancy McKim, President
LaVerne Webb, Secretary
Berniece Jensen
Gloria Nikkari
Jean Ann Taylor
Lois Tedhams

Prompted by the Library Board, the pictures were removed from their former location in the library community room (now the basement of City Hall) because of potential water damage. In July of 1981, they were framed and removed to the library (now City Hall Council Chambers) for safekeeping.

Members of the Library Board at the time of restoration were:

Mary Alice Fortino, President
Mary Lou McPherson, Vice-President
Georgia Spindler, Treasurer
Carol Crumbaugh, Secretary
Van Fenwick, CLL Representative

The collection was moved in 1997 upon completion of the new T.A. Cutler Memorial Library building at 312 Michigan Avenue where the 34 pictures are on continuous display for the enjoyment of the public and as a monument to the St. Louis community.

Please feel free to stop by the library during business hours to view the collection.  Make sure to ask the librarian for a handout describing each photo and showing their locations throughout the library.   
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