Hi. My name is Becca Kohl. As a photo archivist at the Montana Historical Society for many years, I’ve often been asked: What is your favorite photograph? Well, we have half a million photographs in our collection, so it’s not likely that that designation is going to come about very soon; but I did want to share this photograph with you. A few weeks ago a researcher was trying to locate images of service stations in Montana in the 1930’s, and I was looking through a collection of negatives where I thought there might be likely candidates and came across this negative. I don’t know if you know about negatives. To read a negative, you have to look at things backwards. You need backlighting. The tones will appear in a different range than they are in the positive print that you have. But I could see that, yes, there are gas pumps here. There’s a tanker truck pulled up. There’s an auto laundry in the background and a lube station. As I looked closer, I noticed that a Highway Patrol car is pulled up in the foreground. And then I noticed that a patrolman is assisting a citizen who is standing on the tanker truck. But the citizen is leading a baby bear on a leash. I said: “Oh, that can’t be.” But as I looked closer, I noticed that the bears head was moving a little. So it was a live bear with a citizen on a tanker and highway patrolman; all just kind of a delightful, “slice of life,” beautifully composed photograph of the H. Earl Clack Service Station on a June afternoon in 1937.