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Vintage photos of:
"Head of a Girl, 1905." Hampton, Virginia. "Girl at elementary school affiliated with the Hampton Normal and Agricultural Institute." Gum bichromate print by pioneering fine-art photographer Fred Holland Day (1864-1933), whose work we'll be seeing more of every Sunday for the next few months. View full size.