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1929 Photo Piques Interest 

Framed version to be auctioned at annual Bill Kirby Western BBQ

Surrounded by Bill Kirby Western BBQ auction items, Courthouse Museum Director Sarah Lim holds the historic photograph that has stirred up interest in the community.
Surrounded by Bill Kirby Western BBQ auction items, Courthouse Museum Director Sarah Lim holds the historic photograph that has stirred up interest in the community.

Interest in a photograph of Merced’s Main Street back in 1929 has risen after a story by Sarah Lim — the director of the Merced County Courthouse Museum — made the news recently.

Lim says the photo can be traced back to around the time of the infamous Wall Street Crash that led to the Great Depression. In her words, the photo depicts the “calm before the storm” — a Main Street that has a “carefree atmosphere seemingly immune from the panic.”

A nicely framed copy of the historic photograph will be auctioned off along with other unique antiques, artworks and fabulous weekend getaways during the upcoming Bill Kirby Western BBQ on Sept. 13 at Lake Yosemite.

Lim would not permit the Times to publish a detailed image of the photo due to the upcoming auction, but we can confirm the photo would be a great wall prize — especially for local collectors or residents interested in Merced history.

The BBQ event is close to selling out, if it hasn’t already. Tickets were available for purchase at the Courthouse Museum. Proceeds benefit Courthouse Museum programs, scholarships, and building renovation. Call the museum at (209) 723-2401.

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