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Strand Studio Photograph Collection

Strand Cartoon

Strand Studio logo, Rugby, N.D.

The Strand Studio Photograph Collection highlights the important role community photographers have always played in documenting the people and life of a community. Curtis and Maxine Strand of Rugby, North Dakota for forty years, from 1948 to 1988, chronicled the memorable moments of their neighbor’s lives – school teams and graduations, weddings, family portraits and landmark events on Main Street and elsewhere throughout north central North Dakota. This extensive collection of negatives, reflecting the professional career of the Strands, shows how they touched the lives of thousands of people, doing something very important for them – preserving their memories and lives in photographs, as captured in their slogan, Today’s Photographs – Tomorrow’s Best Memories.