In the late 1990s e-bay became a familiar name and location on the Internet.
I didn't sign up initially until I started finding Manning items for sale. Since it was unique and old items were becoming desirable, even if it had nothing to do with the community a bidder lived in, prices of items and pictures being sold were bid up very high. Much higher than I could afford to pay for historical purposes and against collectors that seemed to have an endless budget.

In 2007 an e-bay seller had purchased around 140 old negatives from someone's estate - the owner had once lived in Manning.
The seller posted the negatives individually on e-bay. At first I didn't think there would be many if any bidders, but one person who I'm guessing must collect old negatives went sky-high. I captured some of the low-resolution images off e-bay but it is so sad that Manning will never have those 140 images in high resolution.
These 2 images were taken by the creamery.

It seems to me that I had asked about some background on these images but the seller did not want to tell me the name of the owner which might have helped figure out the names of some of the people in the negatives. So while it would have been great to have them, when the "who, what, when, where, why" of a picture is not known it becomes almost useless from a historical standpoint.