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 Post subject: Link Photos Recovered in Pennsylvania!
PostPosted: Wed Jun 04, 2003 10:58 am 

Forwarded from Railroad Station Historical Society e-mail:

Hundreds of photographer's stolen prints surface in Pennsylvania

Associated Press Writer

May 30, 2003, 6:51 PM EDT

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- Hundreds of prints stolen from the late photographer O. Winston Link -- and some negatives that may never have been printed from--have been found in a rented Pennsylvania storage room following the arrest of his ex-wife, the Westchester district attorney said Friday.

The storage unit had been rented to Edward Hayes, the new husband of Link's ex-wife, Conchita Mendoza Link, said District Attorney Jeanine Pirro. Conchita Link spent six years in prison for stealing 1,400 of the photographer's prints, then worth $2 million, but she never disclosed where they were.

Conchita Link, 67, was paroled in 2001, a few months after O. Winston Link died. She and Hayes, 63, were arrested Thursday after about 30 of the
prints turned up on the eBay Internet auction site and were traced to her.

Investigators developed leads that brought them to the storage unit in Hamilton Township, Pa, about 15 miles from where Hayes and Conchita Link
lived in Gettysburg, Pirro said.

"We found most of the remaining prints for which she went to prison," Pirro said. "In addition to that, we found original negatives of work by Link
that we believe have not yet been printed."

Meanwhile, Conchita Link and Hayes were arraigned in Town Court in Yorktown on charges of conspiring to sell stolen property. Link was held on $250,000 bail, Hayes on $50,000. The district attorney said that even if Conchita Link makes bail, she is likely to remain in custody because she was still on parole when she was arrested.

O. Winston Link was best known for documenting the end of American steam railroading with dramatically lighted photographs of engines puffing smoke into the nighttime country air. Though his photos were taken in the 1950s, he did not find fame until the 1980s.

Experts in his work were delighted by the discoveries.

"If they're finding hundreds, it should have a tremendously positive effect on his market," said Robert Mann, a Manhattan gallery owner who has
exhibited Link's work. "I don't know what's in that collection but my guess is it's a lot of his greatest hits, and these are mostly signed prints.

"As for the negatives that were never printed from, that's also a real extraordinary find," Mann said. "That means the estate can probably
generate prints from them and we can probably learn more about Winston and how he worked as an artist."

Thomas Garber, who was Link's agent and is now the organizing curator of a Link museum expected to open in Roanoke, Va., said most of the recovered prints probably would not be the railroad photos for which Link is most famous. He was hoping that a series Link did on the construction of the Verrazano Bridge would be among the prints recovered.

Pirro said the recovered prints would be used as evidence and eventually turned over to Link's estate.

Link, who was born in Brooklyn and lived in South Salem, was 86 when he died in 2001.

 Post subject: Re: Link Photos Recovered in Pennsylvania!
PostPosted: Wed Jun 04, 2003 9:23 pm 

This is really great news.
What would make the news even better would be to find the rods and valve gear which turned up missing from from Link's ex-CPR 4-6-0 No. 453 while in the care of Rome Locomotive Works (Ed Hayes, President) under all those boxes of photos.

 Post subject: Re: Link Photos Recovered in Pennsylvania!
PostPosted: Thu Jun 05, 2003 1:13 am 

453 sans headlight also

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