I wish I had made photographs of the street signs when I was a kid for I don't think I recall how they appeared. I know it was not like this sign, with a blue background so that you can easily see the letters of the sign. This has large, all capital letters and it is clearly an avenue. I had a Kodak Baby Brownie 127 then which took rolls of film and I did not always have a roll. I usually used all of the film I had, rushed downtown to send my film off in the hope of Kodak returning photographs, and when I could afford it, I bought another roll of film. It never occurred to me to take as many photographs of the town of Pawhuska as I saw it around me. I assumed without knowing that I assumed and my assumption was that Pawhuska would always be the same. I erred.
Welcome to my journal where I share some of my knowledge, memories and feelings of Pawhuska, Oklahoma, the town where friends and I grew up. I also write PayneStakings which tends to be more personal than Pawhuska Trails. This material is copyrighted by Stevie Joe Payne; contact the writer for permission to use.
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I grew up in Pawhuska during the 1950's and a touch of the 1960's. I have written the book "Pawhuska Kids' Stuff" about those memories. I photograph Pawhuska and its citizens when I can. The town stays in one spot; its citizens, especially those who have moved on, do not and are more difficult to photograph. Still, I capture many of them with my lens. I capture many things with my words.
Spanish is my second language and I have been speaking it for about twenty years. I have two Associate of Arts degrees in Spanish from Tulsa Community College.
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