Otto Perry And The Union Pacific Nebraska Division by Bartels & Reisdorff Soft C
Otto Perry And The Union Pacific Nebraska Division by Bartels & Reisdorff Soft C
Otto Perry And The Union Pacific Nebraska Division by Bartels & Reisdorff Soft C
Otto Perry And The Union Pacific Nebraska Division by Bartels & Reisdorff Soft C

Otto Perry And The Union Pacific Nebraska Division by Bartels & Reisdorff Soft C

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Otto Perry And The Union Pacific Nebraska Division by Bartels & Reisdorff Soft C
 
Otto Perry And The Union Pacific Nebraska Division by Michael M. Bartels and James J. Reisdorff
Softcover 80 pages
Copyright 2011

Introduction
Human nature being what it is, most people occasionally desire to see places and things new and unique to their normal everyday environment. To achieve this, one must become a tourist. And for those who consider themselves (or would be classified as) railroad enthusiasts, much of the excitement of this particular hobby comes from the thrill of traveling to new locations and photographing locomotives, trains and other rail-related subjects they don't normally see in their hometowns. It's a concept that's been part of the railroad hobby ever since a camera was first pointed at a locomotive for purposes that would be considered enjoyment rather than business.
Railroad photography has now been around long enough to have become recognized by many for its documentation--both as history and as art--of an industrial force that culturally and financially shaped today's world. Within this framework are the names of many rail photographers noted both for their style and perseverance in which they "chased" trains. And, for many rail hobbyists, one of the most widely known of these names is that of the late Otto Conrad Perry from Denver, Colo.
Otto Perry was born in Kansas City, Mo., in 1894, but his family soon moved to St. Louis, where they resided until moving to Denver in 1907. The Mile High City would be Otto's home for the remainder of his life. His longtime career with the U.S. Post Office Department, starting circa 1912, was interrupted only by military service during World War I. A lifelong bachelor, Otto would ultimately spend much of his free time pursuing an interest he had had in trains since childhood. He did so by traveling extensively, first by motorcycle and later by car, while using large and bulky postcard film cameras to photograph the steam-powered trains that then provided the main means of transportation for both people and freight in America.
By the time of his death in 1970 at age 76, Otto C. Perry had earned a reputation among other railroad enthusiasts as the man who had been virtually everywhere in the United States to photograph trains during the 57 years he carried a camera. While the legend might be a bit exaggerated, his record is still impressive in that he did take more than 20,700 images of trains--as well as some of buses, airplanes, airships and boats. Since 1971, thanks to the efforts of family and friends, his large collection of photographs has been part of the repository of the Western History Department Collection located at the Denver
Otto Perry is shown with a maroon 1951 Ford automobile that he used for "train chasing" around the United States in his later years. Perry favored Ford products, and is otherwise known for some amazing feats of driving through less-than-desirable road and weather conditions in order to get the train shot that he wanted.
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