Labels from the ERA’s set of 48 photo CDs. Slideshow: Sandy Campbell (48 Images)
The ERA’s set of 48 photo CDs is almost a library in itself, thanks to the heroic efforts of the late ERA member Frank Pfuhler.
Beginning in 2004 and continuing for two years, Mr. Pfuhler scanned thousands of historic images from the Sprague Library Collection, labeled and indexed each one of them, then burned hundreds of copies of each disc. They sold like hotcakes at $30 per CD.
Each CD contains anywhere from 300 images to close to 900. Though no longer available for sale (as of January 2009), the complete collection of disc labels from all 48 CDs is shown here (the jewel cases they came in were clear). The labels were designed by Headlights editor Sandy Campbell.
For several years until his death on July 23, 2013, Frank emailed hundreds of photos each month to a large group of railfans. Frank had either scanned the photos himself or found them on the web. Many of the photos he archived can still be seen on his Photobucket page. A retrospective of his work was presented by Jeff Erlitz at the ERA’s March 20, 2015 monthly meeting.