Our indexer Dee has finished describing the photos of the Doris Stephan Photograph Collection, which we have put online in Alaska’s Digital Archives. Here’s what she says:
Look over the finding aid for this collection and you’ll read that there are “105 photographs of street scenes, buildings, dog teams, bridges, animals, landscapes, aircraft, people, and aerial views. Views include construction, the sternwheeler ‘Aksala’, Camp Aehnder, and quonset huts.”
“Howard L. and me, just fooling.” (UAF-1993-253-13, Doris Stephan Photo Collection.)
It fails to mention, however, about the plaid flannel. You’ll find this checkered pattern throughout on the frames of Howard Ryan. Not that this is a bad thing, but I was hoping for a change of wardrobe, perhaps a down parka? Maybe a trench coat or a bomber jacket. Something, anything with a hood! This is the Arctic, after all.
What Howard lacked in fashion sense, he made up with his sense of humor. Here he’s seen clowning around with his friend. Please notice what he’s wearing.
I found UAF-1993-253-110 to be the most intriguing photo in the collection. What happened to cause all this destruction? It appears to be an airplane accident, but no details were written on the photo.
“Flotsam.” (UAF-1993-253-110, Doris Stephan Photo Collection.)
In closing, this was a mixture of many different images: a hodgepodge of a little bit of this (plaid flannel) and a little bit of that (particularly dog teams, dirt roads, and water scenes).