: This class portrait of students and a teacher at Oak Lane School, also known as the Red School, was taken by traveling photographer Albert J. Ewing, ca. 1896-1912. A sign on the front of the school reads "District No. 9." Written on the negative is the name Ada Ballentine of Waverly, West Virginia, and along with the caption "Our School Oct '07." Like most of Ewing's work, it was taken in the region of southeastern Ohio and central West Virginia.
Born in 1870 in Washington County, Ohio, near Marietta, Ewing most likely began his photography career in the 1890s. The 1910 US Census and a 1912-1913 directory list him as a photographer. A negative signed "Ewing Brothers" and a picture with his younger brother, Frank, indicate that Frank may have joined the business. After 1916, directories list Albert as a salesman. He died in 1934. The Ewing Collection consists of 5,055 glass plate negatives, each individually housed and numbered. Additionally, the collection includes approximately 450 modern contact prints made from the glass plate negatives. Subjects include infants and young children, elderly people, families, school and religious groups, animals and rural scenes. In 1982, the Ohio Historical Society (now the Ohio History Connection) received the collection, still housed in the original dry plate negative boxes purchased by Ewing. A selection of the original glass plate negatives were exhibited for the first time in 2013 at the Ohio History Center. View on Ohio Memory.
: AV71_B24_F2134 Subjects
: Ewing, Albert J. (1870-1934); Photographers--Ohio; School photography; School buildings; Students; Places
: Waverly (West Virginia)