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Historic Photos of Oklahoma


Author: Larry Johnson, text and captions

208 pages. Hardcover. Published 2009.

“The selection of photographs here tells the story of this diverse group of people called Oklahomans as witnessed in their faces, the homes they cherished and the streets they lived in. – The reader of this book will see the tragedy of Indian removal, the exuberance of land runs, the shame of segregation, the anguish of Depression, and the optimism for the future.” – Larry “Buddy” Johnson, author.


While digital advances for the photographic image have impacted photo prints, Johnson has taken actual prints from the earliest days of Oklahoma and compiled them into a book as they were, faded, sometimes out of focus – choosing to document them without enhancements. This book provides more than photographs, it also highlights the years, beginning with the 1870s in ‘Way Down Yonder in the Indian Nation’ and bringing the reader into the late 1960s. Each chapter segments a group of time through the last 150 years, revealing the hardships and progress of this young state called Oklahoma.


He cautions the reader that it is not an illustrated history book of Oklahoma, but the visual story of Oklahomans and the birth of communities, many of which have died out of existence. Johnson is the Oklahoma Collection Coordinator for Oklahoma City’s Metropolitan Library System, since 1998, where he has maintained the Oklahoma Room and the Oklahoma Images database.

*We especially like page 96, which shows a photo of Duncan Oil and Gas Field in 1921.

Shipping Weight

Weight 3.0 lbs
Dimensions 10.5 × 10.5 × .75 in