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Ritzman Photo Collection

Floyd R. Ritzman (1885-1975) was a teacher and administrator in the DeKalb public school system. His passion was photography, especially of trains. When the Ritzman family traveled, Floyd always carried a camera. According to his son, Allyn, he and his father would take drives with the intention of photographing area depots, trains, bridges and events.

Through the generosity of Allyn, his father’s collection of photographs was donated to the Joiner History Room in Sycamore. The collection contains pictures of many railway trains, including 400 pictures of the Chicago North Western Railway trains, and 135 pictures of the Chicago Great Western Railway trains.

The Ritzman Photo Collection was digitized in collaboration with the Joiner History Room. For more information, please see their webpage.

Campus Scene; Northern Illinois State Normal School, DeKalb, Illinois
Joiner History Room, Sycamore Public Library., DeKalb, View of Pond in Foreground, Northern Illinois State Normal School, Later Northern Illinois State College and Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Educational, Place, Normal School, Education
Dekalb County Jail and Sheriff's Residence, Sycamore, Illinois
Joiner History Room, Sycamore Public Library., Sycamore, DeKalb, Government, Place
Northern Illinois State Normal School, Dekalb, Illinois
Joiner History Room, Sycamore Public Library., DeKalb, Press of Sherman Printing Company, DeKalb, Illinois, Northern Illinois State Normal School, Later Northern Illinois State College and Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Educational, Place, Normal School, Education
Man in Street on Campus
Joiner History Room, Sycamore Public Library., DeKalb, Northern Illinois State Normal School, Later Northern Illinois State College and Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Educational, Place, Normal School, Education
Souvenir, East Paw Paw Public School
Joiner History Room, Sycamore Public Library., Paw Paw, DeKalb
John Piggott (Right) and William Minnegan (Left)
Joiner History Room, Sycamore Public Library., Photo Copied October 1942 from M&M Pharmacy from Old Faded Postcard. Gave them 5x7 Negative and Six Prints, Sold to Gus Anderson, DeKalb, People, Entertainment, Frontier Settlement