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Newport Laundress: 1902

Newport Laundress: 1902

Newport, Rhode Island, 1902. "Informal portrait of a young Negro woman working amid clotheslines heavy with sheets and stockings." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative by Gertrude Käsebier (1852-1934). View full size.

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This is just what I would expect from what has become one of my FAVORITE sites. The woman is just radiant.


One of your best!

I remember this photo well

Such a beautiful radiant smile! I bet this lady held a warm life attitude to match.

Anachronistic casual

I was amazed at the date on this photo because the casual capture is more typical of 1955 than 1905.

So no surprise when I saw the name Kasebier.

Along with her more formal portraits her work included previous Shorpy features like this and this.


Probably something like what these girls are wearing. I think stockings back then were more socklike. And thanks!!

Newport Laundress

Wonderful photo and this has become my favorite web site. Does anyone know about the stockings? They look very large and tall -- they would stretch long of course if wet, but they also seem wide at the top.

Brilliantly beautiful!

Brilliantly beautiful!

She is beautiful, isn't she?

I agree with everyone before me. These are great photos on this site, and this one is spectacular. Thank you!


I love seeing early examples of photographers making the most of framing. What a wonderful shot.

105 years later and ...

... a bazillion people are looking at you through that camera. you are beautiful!


This is a great photo! It's so real, but beautiful at the same time.
Great post!

Very vibrant

Not stiff or stagey like so many early photos. Great use of foreground and background elements to frame the subject, too.

This has to be one of the

This has to be one of the best photos I have seen on your site thus far. Hard to believe this was taken in 1902. Thanks for it.

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