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Center for Great Plains Studies


In addition to agriculture, Steele also recorded scenes of town life on the Great Plains, as in this photograph of people in Ashland waiting for a parade to pass by.


Although few have survived, Steele must have made thousands of studio portraits because he had studios in at least a dozen and a half towns in Kansas, Oklahoma, and Nebraska.  This baby picture is of Hattie Marie Bobbitt of Haskell County.