Glass Negative Restoration These are a few examples of a large group of 5x7 and 3x6 inch glass negatives discovered in the hay loft of a barn in central Minnesota. My parents bought the farm of family friends and made the discovery when cleaning out old hay bales in the loft. The negatives were in an old wooden box, placed between the pages of almanacs and newspapers from the early 1900's. Many of the glass plates were badly damaged and broken. Also in the box were several cherry wood cameras and tripods. I was thrilled! Scanning and restoring these plates was a long and arduous process, but worth every minute. After talking with descendants from the original farm owners, I found out that one of the family members was indeed an early commercial photographer, amongst many other vocations. The photographer's name was Fred Kurz and this is his visual time capsule that I was fortunate enough to have fall into my hands. It's a wonderful look back at life in central Minnesota in the early part of the 20th century.