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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2005

    She Rode the Rails

    She Rode The Rails is based on the true life of traveling photogapher, Mrs. Mary Jane Wyatt. She was the only woman to own and operate a photograph car on the Burlington Missouri River Railraod in the late 1800s. She ran studios in Roseville, Illinois and in Nebraska towns for over four decades with the help of her husband, sheriff and engineer, Andrew A. Wyatt. Mary Jane took many portraits of early pioneers and western landscapes, some of which are included in this book and published for the first time. This book was awarded an Editor's Choice Award. The following quote comes from one of the independent reviews of the book: 'The author seems to have done meticulous research about Mary Jane and the time period in which she lived. The information about photography and trains is quite interesting, as is the background on real hardships Union soldiers experienced during the Civil War. This book will find its place in our national memory.'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2005

    She Rode the Rails

    'She Rode The Rails' is based on the true life of traveling photographer, Mrs. Mary Jane Wyatt. A contemporary of J.B Silvis of the Union Pacific Railroad and pioneer photographer, Solomon Butcher, she was the only woman to own and operate a traveling photograph car on a Nebraska railroad in the late 1800's. She ran studios in Roseville Il, and in Nebraska town for over three decades. Mary Jane took many portraits of early pioneers and western landscapes, some of which are included in this book and published for the first time. The story unfolds as her son, Charles Sears, remembers her life. He recalls how Mary Jane began as an unwed mother working as a lowly housemaid in Ohio to become a successful traveling photographer in Nebraska. With the support of her husband, sheriff and Burlington Missouri River RR engineer, Andrew A. Wyatt, she operated several galleries in a time when women were expected to stay home. This book was chosen for an Editor's Choice Award. A quote from one of the independent reviews: 'The author seems to have done meticulous research about Mary Jane and the time period in which she lived. The information about photography and trains is quite interesting, as is the background on the real hardships Union soldiers experienced during the Civil War. This book will find its place in our national memory.'

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