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Throwback Thursday Photograph, Edward and Maggie Gehrke

Maggie Gehrke digging car out of mud, 1930

In Nebraska, April showers may bring May flowers, but it also brings lots and lots of mud! In today’s Throwback Thursday photograph, Maggie Gehrke is all smiles while her husband Edward snapped her picture in 1930. Edward and Maggie were adventurers, traveling extensively throughout the United States and Canada by car during a time when it truly was an adventure. Edward photographed their travels and Maggie kept engaging and descriptive travel journals. Together their photo albums and journals provide a fascinating glimpse into the challenges and rewards of these adventures.

Edward and Maggie’s travels were featured in Ken Burn’s documentary The National Parks: America’s Best Idea.

You can read Maggie’s travel journals here

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