Celebrating Independence by Arla M. Ruggles

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Cherry Creek, NV
c. 1950

The lady in the center was the widow Helen Coolie, who owned the house that is now Cherry Street Gallery. The other two women were the lovely DuVal sisters.

Restored photograph. Original black-and-white.
Photographer unknown.

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FAV’s: 5 ♥♥♥♥♥


arla ruggles, black and white, cherry creek, nostalgia, portrait, vintage

Great Basin Life exists … between … high desert expanses and majestic mountain wilderness.

Daily, I watch the winds of change sweeping away what remains of our western culture and heritage, and the land that has produced them.

My mission is to preserve as much as I can, of that which will soon vanish, through my photography.

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  • Susan Bergstrom
    Susan Bergstromalmost 5 years ago

    Outstanding! …Instant Fav Arla!

  • Thanks, Susan!

    I love this photo, given to me by the daughter of the woman on the left. It hangs in my gallery, as a tribute to the lady who lived there before my cousin bought the place.

    the original was scuffed and scratched, and I left some crinkles just to keep it “authentic”.

    – Arla M. Ruggles

  • TEEJAY1309
    TEEJAY1309almost 5 years ago

    Arla what a great photo! I just love old shots like this, especially when you know the stories behind them.

  • Thanks, T!

    – Arla M. Ruggles

  • walela
    walelaalmost 5 years ago

    What a fabulous photo!!

  • Isn’t it!
    Thanks, walela!

    – Arla M. Ruggles

  • Lynn Bawden
    Lynn Bawdenalmost 5 years ago

    What a beautiful picture! The DuVall Sisters were very pretty…Lynn

  • They were darlings in their day, Lynn. Thanks!

    – Arla M. Ruggles

  • RodeoImagesAus
    RodeoImagesAusalmost 5 years ago

    What a great photo Arla…

  • Thanks, Rosemaree! It is one of my favorite old photos. :)

    – Arla M. Ruggles

  • Polly Peacock
    Polly Peacockalmost 5 years ago

    Arla, this is priceless – I just love it!! A great group to put it into is “Out of the Past!” Excellent!!! :))))

  • Thanks, Polly! I do love that photo!

    I am a member of that wonderful group — but — since the original is not my own work, I think I should keep it in a group dedicated to authentic old photographs. :)

    – Arla M. Ruggles

  • Lynn Bawden
    Lynn Bawdenalmost 5 years ago

    I bet they were!!!

  • oulgundog
    oulgundogabout 4 years ago

  • Thank you, oulgundog!!

    – Arla M. Ruggles

  • tori yule
    tori yuleabout 4 years ago

    great old photo, congratulations on your feature!

  • Thanks, Tori! Those were the days. :P

    – Arla M. Ruggles

  • © Kira Bodensted
    © Kira Bodenstedabout 4 years ago

    fabulous picture – I love it :o)

  • Thanks – it is one of my favorites from the olden days. :)

    – Arla M. Ruggles

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