Earl (front row left ) and Kenny Scissons (top row left ) with seventh grade championship basketball team.
Earl carried his heavy Hasselblad camera everywhere he travelled. But his first love was to photograph the badlands of South Dakota.
Earl (right) with his high school friend and first partner Joe Garrett handling snakes at the Petrified Woods a year before Reptile Gardens opened 1936.
Fifteen-year-old Earl with sister Reta Mae and brother Bill on the steps of the family home in Rapid City South Dakota in 1931.
Earl and Maude Wagner married in the early morning of July 21 1940. They returned to work in the afternoon after a half-day honeymoon.
Jerre Campbell was the first female snake guide hired by Earl in 1942. Later she became a reporter for the Rapid City Journal.
Reta Mae and Earl promoted rattlesnake sandwiches at a county fair. This image became a popular postcard in 1940.
Earl's younger sister Reta Mae became his closest confidante and a beloved matriarch for hundreds of young workers who spent their summers working at Reptile Gardens.