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John S Waldsmith

March 11, 1945 ~ March 29, 2024 (age 79) 79 Years Old

John Waldsmith Obituary

John S. Waldsmith, 79, of Findlay, Ohio and formerly of Akron, Ohio passed away March 29, 2024.

Considered one of America’s foremost authorities of the study and curation of antique photography, John S. Waldsmith died at the age of 79 on March 29 at The Manor at Greendale, Findlay. John was co-founder of the National Stereoscopic Association, creator of the organization’s Stereo World Magazine and the publication’s editor for its first seven years. He organized the association’s first national conventions and later served as NSA’s Activities Vice President. Following his involvement with the NSA, John was a dealer in antique photography, author of “Stereo Views: An Illustrated History & Price Guide” and other books, including, “Mementoes of Home: The Photographic Legacy of A.F. Styles.” John was instrumental in renewed interest in Ohio photographer H.G. Olds, revered for a series of photographic expeditions in Argentina from 1900 to 1927. John is preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Lois Waldsmith, his wife, Janet Lee Vanselow Waldsmith, and his brother and sister-in-law, David and Patricia Fletcher Waldsmith. He is survived by brothers and sisters-in-law, James (Marilyn) Waldsmith, Thomas (Judy) Waldsmith, nieces, nephews and cousin, Margaret Baird. On behalf of John’s family and many friends, we are comforted by the knowledge that this gentle man made our world a better place through his many loving acts of selfless kindness.

Hanneman Funeral Home - Findlay is entrusted with his arrangements. 


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