The Photography Of Jack Holliday. Part 1: Racing At Watkins Glen, New York
My wife's grandfather passed away on October 11th, 2013. I had no idea he was an avid photographer, a fact which I deeply regret not knowing while he was still alive. While my wife's family was sorting through his belongings they came across a Leica IIIC in amazing condition. Since my wife's family knew I was into photography, they very generously gave me the Leica, something I will be forever grateful for. I will use this camera with care until I can pass it down to my daughter, Vera Jane.
Jackson McIntosh Holliday was born in 1926 in Crystal Falls, Michigan. After his father's early death in 1932, he and his mother moved to Green River, Wyoming to live with his favorite uncle Ray. As a small boy, Jack loved playing in the wide open spaces surrounding this famous railroad town. He eventually returned to Hillsdale, MI and graduated from Hillsdale High School in 1943. Like both his parents before him, Jack then matriculated at Hillsdale College where he spent one year prior to enlisting in the United States Army Air Force. In the army, he trained as a crewman for PBY Catalinas used in search and rescue missions at sea. The war ended prior to completion of his training, so Jack returned to finish his degree in physics at Hillsdale College and graduated 1948.
Following graduation, Jack moved to Watkins Glen, NY to work for Bill Timm's parents at the historic Jefferson Hotel. It was here that he met Virginia Timms and they were married in 1955. That same year, Jack took a job as an Optical Engineer at Corning Glass Works, in Corning, NY. Corning eventually opened a new plant in Danville, VA and Jack and Virginia moved their young family to Danville in 1961. He worked for Corning for over 30 years before retiring in 1988.
This is his photography. Taken mostly with the Leica that I have guardianship over, a Rolleicord III and a Kodak 35????. I plan on doing a series of blogs of his photography and this is Part 1: Racing at Watkins Glen, New York-September, 1956.