As another year end approaches, the staff at the First National Bank
in Trinidad, along with its branch facilities, are busy making final preparations for
its open house reception and calendar distribution. The 2010 Historic Collector's Series
Calendar will be available on a first-come, first-served basis at the open house reception
scheduled for Thursday, December 3rd from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. As in past years, separate
receptions will be held in Trinidad, Walsenburg, and Raton, New Mexico.
The 2010 calendar
profiles the professional photography of Trinidad resident, Duane F. Sehon, who over
time, opened studios in Trinidad, Walsenburg and Raton. His vast collection of images
includes studio photography, home, group, sports, school, aerial, and commercial images
taken over a forty year time frame. His imagery chronicled ordinary life in southern
Colorado and northern New Mexico during the 1950s, 60s, 70s and 80s. His subject matter,
now considered historic by nature, includes the early days at radio station KCRT, curb
service and car hop restaurants of the period, the Walter Brewing Company, school portraits
from Walsenburg, retail sidewalk sales of the era, and rare aerial photography depicting
area growth patterns and a bird's eye view of the Municipal Golf Course.
a career based on his military training when he joined the U.S. Army in 1942 and later
graduated as an aerial combat photographer from Lowry Field photography school in Denver.
Assigned to the Fifteenth Army Air Force based in Italy, Technical Sergeant Sehon flew
over fifty bombing missions with a veteran B-17 Flying Fortress group. He captured aerial
photos of bomb strikes used to evaluate damage assessment in Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, Austria,
Germany and southern France. By 1947, Sehon arrived in Trinidad where he opened a studio
known as Tru-Life Photographs. He passed away in 1983, and daughter Dona continued to
operate the studio until 1989. Currently, Duane's enormous collection of Tru-Life photographs
and negatives are archived at the A.R. Mitchell Museum in Trinidad.
As always, the 2010
Collector's Series Calendar is distributed as a gift to the community and all residents
are encouraged to attend the open house. Again this year, area author and historian,
Ken Fletcher, found and researched the photography and wrote the text. He will be in
attendance to sign calendars at the main bank in Trinidad. Mark your calendar and plan
to attend the festivities.