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Dramatis Personae: 1920

Dramatis Personae: 1920

Washington, D.C., circa 1920. "Iden, V. Gilmore, Mrs." We sense a charity play in the offing, and vaguely recall having plans every night that month. (Oh, and: Ouch.) 8x10 inch glass negative, Harris & Ewing Collection. View full size.

 

Two Birds: 1920s

Two Birds: 1920s

Washington, D.C., 1920s. "Gaynor, John F., Mrs." Who looks like someone you would want to have at your party. Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

 

Luxe Life: 1940

Luxe Life: 1940

Washington, D.C., circa 1940. "Cafritz, Morris, Mrs." A leader in both parties and philanthropy, Gwendolyn Cafritz was the Hungarian-born wife of real estate developer Morris Cafritz. Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

 

Welcome to Washington: 1913

Welcome to Washington: 1913

        In 1913, the Sioux chief Hollow Horn Bear led a delegation of Indians to the inauguration of President Woodrow Wilson. He caught pneumonia during the visit and died.

Washington, D.C., ca. 1913. "Hollow Horn Bear." Whose visage graced five-dollar bills and 14-cent postage stamps, and whose companion's figure has been whittled down by Harris & Ewing's retouchers. 8x10 glass negative. View full size.

 

Sugar and Spice: 1915

Sugar and Spice: 1915

Washington, D.C., circa 1915. "Miss Elizabeth Clem, daughter of Maj. Gen. John L. Clem, famed in Grand Army circles as the 'Drummer Boy of Chickamauga'." Elizabeth's 64-year-old father was said to be the last Civil War veteran still serving in the military. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Forever Young: 1915

Forever Young: 1915

BOY KILLED BY AUTO

Washington Post, March 8, 1916

        Seven-year-old David Purches, of 1718 Corcoran street northwest, son of the superintendent of the Senate office building, was killed yesterday morning by an automobile near Seventeenth and Church streets northwest. Charles Booker, colored, of 1615 Corcoran street northwest, who operated the automobile, is being detained at No. 3 precinct pending an inquest by Coroner Nevitt. Purches left his home to go to a shoe repairing shop. He was crossing the street when, Booker says, he appeared from behind a dirt cart and got in front of the moving auto. Booker picked the boy up and took him to Emergency Hospital.

Washington, D.C., circa 1915. "Purches, David E." A yar youngster and his mate at the Harris & Ewing portrait studio, not long before his life seems to have been cut tragically short in a traffic accident. 8x10 glass negative. View full size.

 

The Pointer Sisters: 1910

The Pointer Sisters: 1910

Circa 1910. "Ford, J., Mrs., group." An outlier among Harris & Ewing's generally sedate-and-sober studio portraits. 8x10 glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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