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Wednesday, 16 June 2010 05:52

Chic Spotlight: Photo Curator Linda Bailey
From photos to facts, this local woman shares her exciting responsibilities as well as her favorite experiences — and some interesting facts about Cincinnati's past.

Cincy Chic
: You authored the book Historic Photos of Cincinnati, so how did this project come about?


Linda Bailey, curator of prints and photographs at the Cincinnati Museum Center: The publisher, Turner Publishing Company, approached us about a series of books they were starting called Historic Photos of…. We were one of the first cities in the series which now includes more than 150 cities around the country. Last month a paperback version of the book was published entitled Remembering Cincinnati.


Cincy Chic: In your work on the book, what were some of the most interesting facts or stories you learned about Cincinnati?


Bailey: There are a lot of interesting "tidbits" of information in the book that the general public might not know about Cincinnati. During the Centennial Exposition of 1888, the Miami and Erie Canal was converted into a Venetian waterway complete with gondolas. From 1900 to 1928 the Bode Wagon Company supplied wagons to all the major circuses to carry calliopes, animals, bands and equipment. When Sunlite Pool opened at Coney Island in 1926, it was the largest recirculating water pool in the world holding 3.5 million gallons of water.


Cincy Chic: They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so what were some of the photos in the book that "spoke" more to you?


Bailey: My three "favorite" photos all involve women. One shows a woman charging up her electric car in 1912. Too bad the electric cars didn't catch on back then. 062110_RELISH_INSTORY.GIF


The second depicts a female photographer in the late 19th century. Along with nursing and teaching, photography was one of the socially acceptable occupations for women. There were several major photo studios run by women. They were often inherited from a father or husband.


The third is more artistic. It shows an actress on the Bryant Showboat applying makeup. You see the back of her head and the reflection of her face in the mirror.


Cincy Chic: Beyond the book, you are the curator of prints and photographs at the Cincinnati Museum Center. What are some of the responsibilities of a curator readers might not know?


Bailey: I am responsible for a collection of over one million historic images of the Greater Cincinnati area. Besides taking care of the collection and working on exhibits, I work with the media, authors and documentary film makers from all over the world. I help them find suitable images for their projects and license the use of the images. I have worked with Ken Burns' production company, ABC News, ESPN, Major League Baseball and the History Channel to name a few.


Cincy Chic: When you aren't looking through photos, what do you like to do for fun?


Bailey: I like going to concerts and spending time with my family.


Cincy Chic: What do you love most about Cincinnati?


Bailey: I like that Cincinnati has big city amenities — museums, zoo, sports, etc. — but feels like a small town.


Photo courtesy of Linda Bailey

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