Railfan and photographer Jack Whitmeyer aka The Mount Lowe Kid
We just recently lost noted rail-fan and photographer Jack Whitmeyer, who left quite a legacy of railroad photography. In this real photo postcard, dated November 21, 1953, L. T. Gotchy, photographer, types on the reverse, “The ‘Mount Lowe Kid’ complete with broad-gage (sic) maximum traction boots, slouch hat (so we won’t see that his head is asleep) scrapbooks and other photo gems which jinorialize the travisonic. Also Army field telephone for instant communication with lesser Mt. Lowe collectors. Small handbag contains a fifth of Dr. Buckhalter, (famous kidney restorer-90 proof). a much needed restorative, utilized during extra-plenipotentiary sessions, while recounting the Golden Years of Professor Lowe’s noble arean of mountain fastness. Taken at Mt. Lowe ruins, just before the winter of the blue snow. Michael Patris Collection.