A Photographic View of Linn County History

Share your snapshots with us!

The exhibition Snapshots by William Baylis highlights the numerous works of William Baylis in both print and postcard formats.  Baylis was born on September 12, 1873 in Wheatland, Iowa.  At the age of 15, Baylis relocated with his family to Cedar Rapids where he developed an interest in photography. With a successful career spanning decades, Baylis is credited with shooting close to 25,000 photographs of early Linn County.

William Baylis, landscape photographer of eastern Iowa, captured Linn County at the turn of the 20th Century.  Busy street scenes of long ago are frozen in time and cinematic landscapes offer up visuals of days long since past.  Come enjoy these snapshots of Linn County and experience the artistic personality of William Baylis through his true-to-life prints and postcards.

The exhibit will run from September 2017 to August 2018. Please visit this page for upcoming information about Baylis-themed programs.

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This exhibit is located on the third floor of the Cedar Rapids Public Library.

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Postcards by William Baylis

See these postcards and more! The exhibit will include large prints of Baylis photos, a spot to take your own photo with Baylis, and a camera that Baylis used.