Guide to the
Blanche D. Weaver/Henry L. Hagenbring
Creator: Henry L. Hagenbring, 1888-1975
Title: Blanche D. Weaver/Henry L. Hagenbring Slide Collection
Quantity: 4 cubic feet
Abstract: Contains approximately 6,000 35-millimeter color and 290 black and white lantern
slides, as well as various mementos such as letters, travel brochures, and even a Kleenex
tissue box printed in German.
Henry L. Hagenbring was born in Foley, Alabama, on November 1, 1888. He married Agnes S.
Carlson in Baldwin County, Alabama, on July 11, 1912. Henry worked as a postman in Baldwin
County for several years. The Hagenbrings eventually moved to the Chicago area, and their
daughter, Blanche Doris Hagenbring Weaver, was born there in 1914. In 1919, the
Hagenbrings opened a dry-goods store in Des Plaines, Illinois. They opened several similar
businesses in Arlington Heights, Illinois, and one of these was eventually purchased by
Woolworths. At some point, the couple bought, as a vacation home, a fishing camp in
Magnolia Springs, Alabama. In 1947, Agnes Hagenbring unexpectedly died, and Henry decided
to retire. His son, Vern Hagenbring, took over the family business, and in 1948, Henry
Hagenbring embarked on the first of many overseas journeys, initially Europe, sailing
aboard the Elizabeth. From 1948 to 1965, Hagenbrings travels took him to
every inhabited continent. He visited Europe four timesin 1948, 1954, 1955, and
1959and was even able to travel in the U.S.S.R. during his 1959 trip. Hagenbring
also took two trips to the Far East, once in 1952 and again in 1961-62. On his last trip
to the Far East, he also toured the South Seas Islands, Australia, and New Zealand. He
toured South America in 1956 and Africa in 1959-1960. Other trips included a tour of the
Holy Land in the mid-1950s and several excursions within the United States in the late
1950s and early 1960s. Along the way, using among others, a Leica camera, Hagenbring
photographed the places, flora, and fauna he came across. Between voyages, he lived at his
fishing camp in Magnolia Springs. Hagenbring stopped traveling in the mid-1960s, and died
at his Magnolia Springs home in October 1975.
Scope and Content:
The bulk of this collection consists of 35-millimeter color slides taken by Hagenbring at
home and on his travels, most of which were made between 1954 and 1962, but a few are from
1952 and the mid-1960s. Within the local slides, that is, those not related to his
travels, are images of his home at Magnolia Springs and at Arlington Heights, as well as
images of Fort Morgan, the Foley train, and one slide of the Magnolia Springs Post Office.
The collection also contains 290 lantern slides, which are stored in their two original
cases. These are undated but were probably taken during Hagenbrings first trip
abroad in 1948. This collection also includes a few brochures Hagenbring collected on his
world travels, as well as other items such as a newspaper clipping, a trip itinerary, and
a few letters.
This material is arranged in the following series: Series 1: Lantern Slides, n.d.
[probably 1948] (0.25 cubic feet); Series 2: Trays of 35-millimeter Slides, 1952-1965 and
n.d. (3.25 cubic feet); Series 3: Local or Personal Slides, 1958-1965 and n.d. (0.1 cubic
feet); Series 4: Slide Lists (0.2 cubic feet); Series 5: Memorabilia (0.2 cubic feet)
This material is open for research.
Blanche D. Weaver/Henry L. Hagenbring Slide Collection, The Doy Leale McCall Rare Book and
Manuscript Library, University of South Alabama, Mobile, Alabama
Series 1. Lantern Slides, n.d. (probably 1948)
Consists of two cases of black-and-white lantern slides (290 slides total) taken in
England, the Netherlands, France, Switzerland, Denmark, Germany, Belgium, Norway, and
Italy. The slides are undated, but judging from their appearance, they were probably taken
in the late 1940s. It is likely that these slides are from Hagenbrings 1948 trip to
Europe. These slides have been kept in original order.
Series 2. 35-millimeter Slides, 1952-1965 and n.d.
Made up of 193 trays of 35-millimeter color slides (totaling approximately 6000 slides).
Most were taken on Hagenbrings travels abroad, but some were taken on his trips
within the United States. The slide trays are arranged in chronological order where dates
are known. Undated slides are filed differently. In cases where the approximate date of
the trip is known, slides were filed with the trips between which they were taken. Slide
trays whose dates was completely unknown were placed after the dated slides and are
arranged alphabetically by original label. These slides hold a wealth of visual
information about various buildings, monuments, and landmarks around the world as they
appeared in the 1940s, 1950s, and early 1960s.
Series 3. Local or Personal Slides, 1958-1965 and n.d.
Slides depicting local subjects, as well as several personal slides that were taken
locally, were removed from their original trays and placed in this series. These slides
were kept in original order according to their original container and are arranged
alphabetically by subject matter. Though few in number, these slides depict the Magnolia
Springs Post Office, the Foley train, and Fort Morgan as these places appeared in the late
1950s and early 1960s.
Series 4. Slide Lists
Arranged chronologically to correspond with the slides they describe. These lists should
prove extremely valuable to researchers as descriptions of the slides in this collection.
Slide lists for which no slide set existed are arranged alphabetically by subject. All of
the slide lists in this collection, whether accompanied by slides or not, should be
valuable for what they can tell us about world cultures and traveling.
Series 5. Memorabilia
The items in this series are arranged in four sets. Dated items are organized
chronologically. Undated items are arranged alphabetically by item type. Letters are
organized chronologically. The few transparency boxes and the box of slide mounts can be
found behind the items filed in folders.
Series 1. Lantern Slides, n.d. (probably 1948)
Box 1: Slides of the Netherlands, England, and Italy
Box 2: Slides of Italy, Sweden, Norway, Belgium, Germany,
Denmark, Switzerland, and France
Series 2. 35-millimeter slides, 1952-1965 and n.d.
Box 3: Last tray from 1952 Far East trip; first 9 trays
from 1954 trip to Morocco and Europe
Box 4: Trays 10-19 of Hagenbrings 1954 trip to
Morocco and Europe
Box 5: Trays 20-25 of Hagenbrings 1954 trip to
Morocco and Europe; first 4 trays (labeled "9-12") of 1955 trip to Italy,
Austria, Germany, and New York
Box 6: Trays 13-23 of 1955 trip to Italy, Austria,
Germany, and New York
Box 7: Tray 24 of 1955 Europe and New York trip;
"Box N00 New York"; Trays 1-8 of Hagenbrings trip to Greece, Cairo, and
the Holy Land
Box 8: Trays 9-13 of Holy Land trip; Trays 1-3 of 1956
South America trip
Box 9: Trays 4-24 and 43-45 of 1956 South America trip
[Trays 25-42 missing]
Box 10: Tray 46 of 1956 South America trip; Trays 2, 4,
6, 7, and 8 of Hagenbrings summer 1958 trip in the United States [Trays 1, 3, and 6
Box 11: Trays 9-11 of Hagenbrings 1958 summer trip
in the United States; Trays 1-6 of 1959 Europe trip
Box 12: Trays 7-33 of 1959 Europe trip
Box 13: Trays 34-47 of 1959 Europe trip; Set 1 (7 trays)
of 1959-1960 Africa trip; Trays 1-4 of Set 2 (5 trays total), 1959-1960 Africa trip
Box 14: Last tray (labeled "Box 13") of Set 2,
1959-1960 Africa trip; Set 3 (9 trays), 1959-1960 Africa trip
Box 15: 1961 California trip and flower show (7 trays);
Trays 1-3 of Set 1, 1961-1962 Far East trip
Box 16: Trays 4-8 of Set 1, 1961-1962 Far East trip;
Trays 1-5 of Set 2, 1961-1962 Far East trip [no lists available for this set]
Box 17: Trays 6-7 and "Louise," in Set 2,
1961-1962 Far East trip; Unlisted slides (trips and personal), 1959-1965 (6 trays)
Box 18: Undated, unlisted slides (personal, trips, and
commercially made) (9 trays)
Series 3. Local or Personal Slides, 1958-1965 and
Undated (1 folder)
1. Foley train, ca. 1963 (1 sleeve, 15 slides total)
2. "Evas Flowers" and Fort Morgan (2
sleeves, 36 slides total)
3. Hagenbrings Magnolia Springs home (2 sleeves, 30
4. Hagenbring family pictures, taken at Henry
Hagenbrings home in Magnolia Springs (2 sleeves, 22 slides total)
5. Personal pictures and local pictures [includes 1 shot
of the Magnolia Springs Post Office] (2 sleeves, 30 slides total)
Series 4. Slide Lists
The contents of this series are numbered by folder.
1. 1952 Far East trip; 1954 trip to Morocco and Europe
2. 1955 trip to Italy, Austria, Germany, and New York
3. Trip to Greece, Cairo, and the Holy Land (ca. 1956)
4. 1956 trip to South America and Caribbean Islands
5. Summer 1958 trip in the United States
6. 1959 Europe trip
7. 1959-1960 Africa trip: Sets 1, 2, and 3
8. 1961 California trip and flower show
9. 1961 Far East trip, Set 1 [no lists exist for Set 2];
"Box XX" [personal/local slides in Series III)
10. Lists for which no slides could be found;
alphabetized by subject
Series 5. Memorabilia
These items are listed by folder.
Folder 1. Dated Items:
1. Business card, with handwritten order form dated
August 24, 1948, for Venetian purse maker G. Cola
2. Partial sheet of lined paper bearing the handwritten
message "Zirconi Spinello"
3. Brochure, printed after January 1949, from the Ando
Cloisonne Co., Ltd., in Tokyo and Nagoya, Japan
4. Brochure from Hiroshima City Office, entitled
"Hiroshima Trade" and dated 1951
5. Brochure, undated (probably 1951 or 1952), entitled
"Guide to Hiroshima, Peace Commemoration City"
6. Brochure/advertising booklet entitled "Rebuilt
Hiroshima Prefecture, 1951"
7. News clipping entitled "Hagenbring Returns Home
with 500 Kodachrome Transparencies," from The Foley Onlooker, Thursday,
December 18, 1952
8. "I Enjoyed Japan," a typed essay by Clara B.
Eagle, dated January 19, 1953
9. Booklet entitled "Souvenir of the Way of the
Cross, Offered to All Pious Pilgrims by the Franciscan Fathers, Custodians of the Holy
Places," printed in 1954
10. Luggage tag for Hagenbring, issued December 19, 1956,
in Kingston, Jamaica, by Pan American World Airways
11. Maupin Tours official itinerary for "Russia by
Motorcoach," summer 1959
Folder 2. Undated Items:
1. Leaflet entitled "Process of Making Genuine
Damascene Ware," produced by Amita Damascene Mfg. Co., Ltd.
2. Program for Irish songs, compliments of the Talbot
Hotel in Wexford, Ireland
3. German Kleenex box
4. Luggage tag bearing Henry Hagenbrings name and
Magnolia Springs address in his handwriting
5. Address label from Hagenbrings store in
Arlington Heights, Illinois, to Henry Hagenbrings address in Magnolia Springs,
6. Unidentified black and white 8×10 photo of a woman
and three children
Folder 3. Letters:
1.Undated letter (ca. 1960) to Henry L. Hagenbring from
tax accountant Thomas F. Maisel
2. Letter, dated March 27, 1961, to Hagenbring from his
3. Letter, dated May 10, 1961, to Hagenbring from Karl V.
Rix, E.H.P., Des Plaines Chapter No. 247 R.A.M. (Masonic order)
Loose matter: 6 empty Kodak 35-millimeter color
transparency boxes; 1 box (50 count) of 35-millimeter Kodak "Ready-Mounts"