In 2005, however, Rabold’s grandson —Robert “Bobby” Rabold – located thousands of negatives in 414 envelopes, which appear to have been stored in the former Princess Theater building since the 1920s. Later, Bobby Rabold had more than 3,500 of the negatives developed by local preservationist Benjamin “Ben” Runner, preserving them for our community.

Thanks to the Rabold family and the efforts of the Bowling Green Daily News, these digitized black and white photos of the “Earl D. Rabold Collection” can be enjoyed by the public today.

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VP120521_man

An unidentified man poses for Earl Rabold.

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VP120521_woman

A photo of a woman from an envelope marked “Leonie Glenn” by Earl Rabold.

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VP1212_Coxandchild

A photo of a man with a child from a file labeled “Col. Cox.”

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VP1212_P.E.Douglass

A man poses with a cat from a file titled “P.E. Douglass, Princess operator” – presumably a reference to the Princess Theater.

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VP1212_island

A photo from a file titled “Penny C and Elizabeths crowd. Taken down on Wilkinssons Island 8/12/17.”

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VP1212_parade

A photo from downtown Bowling Green from a file titled “Fair Parade 1917.”