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  • “"Milwaukee Wisconsin"”
  • “"Langlade County"”

    Langlade County is one of Wisconsin's Great North Woods areas, in a time when most folks lived a near-pioneering life. All of the photos in this book were taken by a small town (Antigo) photographer named A.J. Kingsbury. Mr. Kingsbury was never content to simply run a studio. Beginning business in 1906, he drove his Model T Ford (pictured on p. 34) over the rough, back-woods dirt roads of five far north counties, from Langlade to the Michigan border. Chapters include: Railroading, including 12+ small town Depots Menominee Tribe Ojibwe Tribe Logging industry Tourism "up North" the photographer's life Antigo, the County Seat

Richard Klatte Prestor

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Prestor Pictures
PO Box 878
Milwaukee, WI 53201-0878 US

artist bio

I have 30 years experience collecting original photographs of the19th century and early 20th century, I have a fair eye as an amateur photographer and have a lifelong desire to "see" American history, not just read about it.

My published photo books are "Milwaukee, Wisconsin" and "Langlade County" (published by Arcadia Publishing). These books were created as a part time effort, over several years. I also wrote one chapter in the published 1991 booklet, "Spectators, A Gulf War Anthology."

Two fine advantages of photographic history books? First, for the general public, these photo-histories can be a fun way to see, and understand, how their grandparents lived. And secondly, their bookstore shelf lives are not limited to three months; they are often available on store shelves for many years. My "Milwaukee, Wisconsin" book has been selling steadily since late 1999.

My history-related articles have been published in the websites "America's Black Holocaust Museum" and "Milwaukee Ethnic News," also in "The Antigo Daily Journal" newspaper, and in the "Wisconsin Writers Association" newsletter. For two and a half years, my monthly columns about Wisconsin history were printed in "WiscoM," the newsletter of Mensa of Wisconsin. My short humor bits in the 1981 book, "Who's Nobody in America" were written about in "Milwaukee Magazine" (Dec. 1981).

Now retired from my old daily job, I am able to begin serious work on a photo book about World War II. As that proceeds, I wish to find a co-author for my factual book about major 1970s concerts, from the point of view of backstage security.

Original photographs that I created have been published in the newspapers "Shepherd Express" (on cover, c.2001), and "The Compass" (Bay View) -- as well as in the book, "Latinos in Milwaukee." My original photos are also in the website "ZIP MKE" and the Facebook page of "Nightmare Before Christmas Bay View."

Finally, "Thank you" to Bill Klatte for my profile photo above.

artist statement

I simply wish to help expose more of the general public to the wonders of photography and our American history. For many folks who would never read a regular history book, interesting photographs can be a bridge to carry them into our fascinating past.
To understand our past is to be better prepared for our future.