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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.

Malta High School Team
Joiner History Room, Sycamore Public Library., Malta, DeKalb, Educational, Equipment, People, Place, Entertainment
Olsten and Norrby Meat Market
Joiner History Room, Sycamore Public Library., DeKalb, DeKalb, Commercial/Business, Equipment, People, Place, Lincoln Highway, Economic Development
All Roads Closed Sign, Looking West on Lincoln Highway
Joiner History Room, Sycamore Public Library., DeKalb, DeKalb, Place, Fourth Street, Lincoln Highway, Economic Development
Lincoln Highway, First National Bank
Joiner History Room, Sycamore Public Library., DeKalb, DeKalb, Commercial/Business, Place, First National Bank Building, Lincoln Highway, Second Street, Economic Development
East End Ball Team
Joiner History Room, Sycamore Public Library., DeKalb, John G Cook, Cadillac, Bob Bill, Buick Model 10, Will Balluo, Overland, on First Street, Looking Northeast, DeKalb Daily Chronicle Building in Background, DeKalb, Commercial/Business, Residential, Equipment, People, Place, DeKalb Daily Chronicle Building, First Street, Lincoln Highway, Economic Development, Entertainment
Looking West from Third Street
Joiner History Room, Sycamore Public Library., DeKalb, Lehan Drugs, F. W. Woolworth Company, Frank-Phillips, Leslie's Shoes, Florsheim Shoes, Wurlitzer, Sohn's Outfitters, DeKalb, Commercial/Business, Lincoln Highway, Third Street, Economic Development
Original Marsh Harvester
Joiner History Room, Sycamore Public Library., DeKalb, Love in Photo, Taken at Rear of County Farm, Sycamore Road, Michaels, Old Navy, Pier One Located at this Spot ? 2004, DeKalb, Commercial/Business, Industrial, Equipment, People, Place, Marsh Harvester, Sycamore Road, Agriculture, Economic Development
Marsh Harvester
Joiner History Room, Sycamore Public Library., DeKalb, Invented and Manufactured by Charles W and Wallace W. Marsh Factory in Sycamore, Fred Love in Photo, Taken at Rear of County Farm, Sycamore Road, Michaels, Old Navy, Pier One Located at This Spot ? 2004, DeKalb, Equipment, People, Place, Marsh Harvester, Sycamore Road, Agriculture, Economic Development
Lincoln Highway
Joiner History Room, Sycamore Public Library., DeKalb, Drugs Sign, DeKalb, Commercial/Business, Place, Lincoln Highway, Economic Development
DeKalb School Kids
Joiner History Room, Sycamore Public Library., DeKalb, Miss Webestins Class, Class Photo, Sixth, Seventh and Eighth Grades Old South School, East Corner of South Third and Prospect Streets, DeKalb, Educational, People, Place, Third Street, Education
DeKalb Township High School
Joiner History Room, Sycamore Public Library., DeKalb, Sycamore Road and North First Street also Near North Fourth Street, Farm Land in Foreground of Photo, Cattle Near and in Creek, DeKalb, Educational, Place, DeKalb High School, First Street, Fourth Street, Sycamore Road, Agriculture, Economic Development, Education
Haish "Chanticleer" 1910
Joiner History Room, Sycamore Public Library., DeKalb, Farm Equipment, Sold to Waterloo, Iowa, DeKalb, Equipment, Agriculture
Haish Spreader
Joiner History Room, Sycamore Public Library., DeKalb, Farm Equipment, DeKalb, Equipment, Agriculture
Haish Spreader Works Plant Buildings
Joiner History Room, Sycamore Public Library., DeKalb, Looking Northwest, Plant Burned 1914, Picture Taken from Haish Power House on Locust Street, Note that Ninth Street Crossed the Chicago and Northwestern Railroad Tracks in 1912, DeKalb, Commercial/Business, Industrial, Equipment, Place, Locust Street, Agriculture, Economic Development
Haish Barb Wire
Joiner History Room, Sycamore Public Library., DeKalb, Barbed Wire, Example of How Barbed Wire is Made, Shown in Factory, DeKalb, Commercial/Business, Industrial, Equipment, Agriculture, Economic Development
Farming
Joiner History Room, Sycamore Public Library., DeKalb, First Side Delivery Hay Rake, Clover and Alfalfa, DeKalb County, Farmer Using Horse Drawn Side Delivery Hay Rake, DeKalb, Equipment, People, Agriculture
Marsh Harvester
Joiner History Room, Sycamore Public Library., DeKalb, Men in Field, Harvesting Hay with Horse Drawn Harvester, DeKalb, Equipment, People, Marsh Harvester, Agriculture