Bill Ryan is retired and
living in Palm Coast Florida after a lengthy career in marketing of high technology imaging equipment. He is webmaster for several
history groups, plus the Friends of the Flagler County Public Library. He has
authored journals and papers on photographic imaging, and was also active in
the development of an early digital color print system. He holds the
of Craftsman from the Professional Photographers of America. Bill was
a guest lecturer on professional photographic techniques and lighting.
He held several U.S. Patents. Bill Ryan's career began with the Ansco Corporation, descendent of The Edward
Anthony Company, America's first photographic manufacturing company.
He did much to record the history of this early manufacturer, which
supplied Mathew Brady with most of his supplies during the Civil War.
He had accomplished some notable research on Civil War photographic
Here is some of Bill
Ryan's early Mathew Brady research.
His interest in Flagler
County Florida's history began with the library's Flagler Memories project when the then ancient Old King's Road kept
appearing again and again. This early Colonial Roadway was rapidly
vanishing with the development of the area, and Bill resolved to record
it on film, and with words before it vanished totally. He made both
still and video records for the Flagler County Public Library.
Old King's Road refused
to die even under the blades of the bulldozers as new developments
appeared along its route. Files, books, verbal histories and old
maps appeared like magic as Bill continued his research on Old Kings Road.
He soon discovered that most of Florida's history had travelled down this
roadway, built before the American Revolution. As the roadway
vanished, it was also being forgotten. Bill has lectured in Flagler
County urging developers and governmental agencies to mark and identify
the historical sites that are so rapidly vanishing.
Bill Ryan gives many
talks to libraries, museums and groups interested in Florida history and
uses his photographic skills for power point presentations to bring our