Portrait of Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad station agent Roy H. Birkhead at Frederick, Oklahoma, on the day of his retirement in 1968. With 60 years for the company, Mr. Birkhead was asked to unceremoniously lock up and leave the key in the mail slot when he left on his last day. Only Plowden, then a young photographer, was present to commemorate the event, which he did the only way he knew how: by making a portrait. Birkhead never saw the portrait. Plowden's package to Birkhead was returned, addressee unknown. Later, an Internet search revealed that Birkhead (1892-1971) had died in Florida. A nephew, William Roy Birkhead of Huntsville, Texas, says, "He was treated badly. The family knew that, too. He was quiet-spoken, a knowledgable guy." Ray Birkhead's only child, a deceased daughter, had no children. Nieces and nephews enjoy the portrait.