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Last Chance School portrait
Description: Taken by traveling photographer Albert J. Ewing on December 4, 1901, this photograph shows the students of Last Chance School near the unincorporated community of Walker in Wood County, West Virginia, posing outside their one-room schoolhouse. The small chalkboard in front of the students reads "Last Chance School, Mrs. Ramsey, Teacher, December 4, 1901," and the sign above the schoolhouse door reads "Last Chance, Walker, Sub Dist[rict] no. 13." 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 received the collection, still housed in the original dry plate negative boxes purchased by Albert J. Ewing. A selection of the original glass plate negatives were exhibited for the first time in 2013 at the Ohio Historical Center. View on Ohio Memory.
Image ID: AV71_b12_f688
Subjects: Ewing, Albert J. (1870-1934); Portrait photography--United States--History; Education; School children United States; School buildings
Places: Wood County (West Virginia)