Visitors to the AFGE Local 1812 office have the chance to glimpse a slice of Americana on display on the wall in the front office: A beautiful framed print of a Carol Highsmith photograph. The print was gifted to our Local by Carol Highsmith and her husband, Ted Landphair. Subject of the photograph is of the Hackberry General Store located on historic Route 66 in Hackberry, Arizona.

As some of you may remember, Ted Landphair worked for many years in VOA’s Worldwide English Division as a Features writer. Among other assignments, Ted provided numerous programs with travel stories from all over the United States. For many years, Ted was also a member of the AFGE Local 1812 Executive Board.

Carol Highsmith’s work has been the centerpiece of many important books about U.S. cities, states, religion and historical renovations nationwide. Her donated collection, Carol M. Highsmith Collection, at the Library of Congress, is featured in the top six collections out of 15 million images in the Library’s Prints & Photographs archive. Her work has been published in SmithsonianTimeNew York TimesArchitectureThe Washington Post Magazine and other national publications. 

Since Ted’s retirement, he and Carol have been traveling across the United States where Carol is documenting scenes of the United States for the This Is America! Foundation.

AFGE Local 1812 sincerely appreciates this wonderful gift from Ted Landphair and Carol Highsmith.