Preston George Collection

The Preston George Collection railroad photographs were taken by Preston George during the 1930s and 1940s. George photographed trains in his spare time while working as a civil engineer in Colorado and Oklahoma. Born in 1906 in Indian Territory, George’s interest in trains began at an early age but did not culminate into a full-fledged pastime until the 1930s. “I ran across a copy of Railroad Stories, later renamed Railroad Magazine, and saw the many photos of locomotives and trains,” said George in an interview. “This started me on a new hobby. Soon, I was snapping still pictures of locomotives with a cheap Kodak camera and trading them far and wide with other fans.” Smoke over Oklahoma: The Railroad Photographs of Preston George was published in 2017 by Augustus J. Veenendaal Jr. (Author), Burnis George Argo (Afterword), Bob L. Blackburn (Foreword). The work incudes dozens of original photographs from the Preston George Collection at the Oklahoma Historical Society.



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Preston George Collection in The Gateway to Oklahoma History. Oklahoma Historical Society. https://gateway.okhistory.org/explore/collections/PRGC/ accessed April 24, 2024.


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