O. Winston Link Book Features Abingdon Area08.04.2005
The O. Winston Link Museum in Roanoke, VA has released a new 47-page publication that features both Washington County, VA and Bristol. A section of the book is dedicated to Link's work on the Abingdon Branch, now the Virginia Creeper Trail. Featured are images of rural life in Abingdon, Alvarado, Damascus, White Top and Green Cove.
Tom Garver, organizing curator of the museum, wrote O. Winston Link: The Man and the Museum. Garver describes Link's early years and his work as a commercial photographer, and discusses the technical skills and engineering knowledge Link used to customize lighting equipment for his photography. Garver continues with Link's Norfolk and Western photographs, the record of America's last steam railroad from 1955-1960. Garver also discusses the historical and social significance of Link's N&W project. Readers will be intrigued to read Garver's account of Link's life, including the trials and legal battles with his ex-wife Conchita. The development and construction of Link's museum concludes the story.
This publication is being sold in the Museum Shop, and it is available for distribution. 540-982-6956.