Historic Photo

The following photograph taken by Lewis Reed is from the “Wheelmen (and associates), 1890s-1910s” blog post by the Montgomery County Historical Society’s official blog, “A Fine Collection”.

A bicycle race at the Rockville fairgrounds, circa 1915. Photo by Lewis Reed; glass negatives donated by the Reed and Gartner families.

With photography for a hobby, one that began even before automobiles were around Montgomery County, Lewis Reed had amassed a large library of photographs of buildings, farm carts drawn by oxen, and other historic spots in Montgomery County. Lewis Reed’s daughter, Mary Jane Gartner, recently donated her father’s photograph collection of 280 glass plate negatives to the Montgomery County Historical Society. The glass plate negatives from Lewis Reed’s Collection are a great example of early photographic techniques which were in common use between the 1880s and the late 1920s.

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About Reed Brothers

I am a co-owner of the former Reed Brothers Dodge in Rockville, Maryland. Lewis Reed, the founder of Reed Brothers Dodge was my grandfather. We were a family-owned and operated car dealership in Rockville for almost a century. I served in the United States Air Force for 30 years before retiring in the top enlisted grade of Chief Master Sergeant in July 2006. In 2016, I received the Arthur M. Wagman Award for Historic Preservation Communication from Peerless Rockville for documenting the history of Reed Brothers Dodge in both blog and book format. This distinguished honor recognizes outstanding achievement by writers, educators, and historians whose work has heightened public awareness of Rockville’s architectural and cultural heritage, growth and development.

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