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Baby Carrier: 1890s

Baby Carrier: 1890s

"Lawrence, Mrs. G.W. -- between February 1894 and February 1901." 5x7 glass negative from the C.M. Bell portrait studio in Washington, D.C. View full size.

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A 1900 District of Columbia city directory lists 2 persons named George W. Lawrence (no G. W.). One was a machinist and the other a teacher “Professor” of music. In the 1900 US Census, “Professor” Lawrence is listed as having a wife, Amie, age 25 (born 1875) and 2 children, Dudley age 5 (born September 20, 1894) and Lester age 2 (born 1897). A marriage between Amie A. Seville and George W. Lawrence is noted in 1893. The teaching activities and students of music “Professor” Lawrence are referenced in the local newspapers throughout the 1890s. Mr. Lawrence the machinist was 40 and his wife 39 in 1900, with no reference to children. Very likely, the portrait is Amie Seville Lawrence and her first son, Dudley Seville Lawrence, who lived until November 10, 1971. This would seem to date the photograph closer to 1894-1895.

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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