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Picture Perfect: Iowa in the 1940s

From 1939 until 1942, Everett Kuntz snapped hundreds of photos capturing everyday life in his hometown Ridgeway, Iowa. But it wasn't until 2002, shortly after learning he had cancer, that Kuntz would print the photos.

Immediately, he noticed how the images preserved a time thought to be lost forever ... a time when America was still emerging from the Great Depression and rapidly approaching a great war.

Yet the photos depict a sense of hope in the people of Ridgeway, an innocence that epitomized the calm before the storm.

Kuntz's photographs show the faces, fields and porches of small-town America before World War II and stand as a historical record of both a bygone time and a rural Iowa that's fading away.

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Picture Perfect: Iowa in the 1940s

posted on June 19, 2012

Picture Perfect: Iowa in the 1940s
Full Program: During the late 1930s and early 40s, Everett Kuntz snapped hundreds of photos documenting everyday life in and around his hometown of Ridgeway, Iowa. But it wasn't until learning he had cancer in 2002 that Kuntz finally printed the... 39:58 Play Video

Picture Perfect: Interview with Clara Gilbertson Perry

posted on February 27, 2009

Picture Perfect: Interview with Clara Gilbertson Perry
Clara Gilbertson Perry remembers growing up in Ridgeway, Iowa. Her remembrances are part of the Iowa Public Television documentary, "Picture Perfect, Iowa of the 1940s." Read More »

Picture Perfect: Interview with Norma Quill Fisher

posted on February 26, 2009

Picture Perfect: Interview with Norma Quill Fisher
Norma Quill Fisher talks about her memories of growing up in Ridgeway, Iowa, and her enjoyment of the photos taken by Everett Kuntz. Read More »

Picture Perfect: Interview with Nancy Hildreth & Carol Swenson

posted on February 26, 2009

Picture Perfect: Interview with Nancy Hildreth & Carol Swenson
Nancy Kuntz Hildreth & Carol Kuntz Swenson talk about their father, Everett Kunz's photos. Read More »

Picture Perfect: Interview with David and Helen Kuntz

posted on February 26, 2009

Picture Perfect: Interview with David and Helen Kuntz
Everett Kuntz's wife, Helen, was instrumental in getting a book of his photos published. Iowa Public Television talks with Helen, and their son David, about the life depicted in those photos. Read More »

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