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|The Bliss Family Photo Collection|
This collection of photos comes from the Henry Bliss photo collection. There are a variety of locations seen in the photos, some rather obvious (such as the shot of the Vandalia park lighthouse) and some a mystery, at least to me. A number of them are shots of the Shady Bluff cottage on the east shore of Lake Maxinkuckee, which, according to a note by Margot Helms, was owned by the Wheeler heirs and then purchased in 1913 by Gideon and Florence Blain, Ms. Helms' grandparents. Any details on these photos would be welcome...they are a wonderful collection, capturing the look, feel, and culture of the area in that period.