Description: This is a modern contact print made from a glass plate negative depicting Sallie Stem and Esther Clarkson Russell Cooke playing croquet on Gibraltar Island, Ottawa County, Ohio, in the summer of 1886. Sallie was the niece of Gibraltar caretaker Anna McMeens. Esther was the wife of Reverend Henry Cooke and daughter-in-law of prominent businessman Jay Cooke. For many years Gibraltar was the summer home of the Jay Cooke family. Today, the island is owned by The Ohio State University, who maintains the Stone Laboratory, a freshwater research and teaching facility. View on Ohio Memory. Image ID: AL05439 Subjects: Women--Ohio; Multicultural Ohio--Ohio Women; Gibraltar Island (Ohio); Games; Lawns; Sports for women Places: Gibraltar Island (Ohio); Ottawa County (Ohio)
Description: Modern contact print made from a glass plate negative depicting Jay Cooke III and Edward Lewis rolling the lawn in preparation to play tennis, on Gibraltar Island, Ottawa County, Ohio, ca. 1889. Reverend Henry Cooke looks on from under the tree. Henry Cooke was the son of prominent businessman Jay Cooke. For many years, Gibraltar was the summer home of the Jay Cooke family. Today, the island is owned by The Ohio State University, who maintains the Stone Laboratory, a freshwater research and teaching facility. View on Ohio Memory. Image ID: AL05440 Subjects: Ottawa County (Ohio); Other--Family History; Gibraltar Island (Ohio); Games; Lawns Places: Gibraltar Island (Ohio); Ottawa County (Ohio)
Description: Dated to ca. 1930-1939, this photograph shows a central lawn surrounded on three sides by apartment buildings. The lawn is filled with several groups of people, both adults and children. The surrounding buildings are four stories tall with flat roofs and brick exteriors. Benches line the sidewalks which surround the open green space. This photograph is one of the many visual materials collected for use in the Ohio Guide. In 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt established the Works Progress Administration by executive order to create jobs for the large numbers of unemployed laborers, as well as artists, musicians, actors, and writers. The Federal Arts Program, a sector of the Works Progress Administration, included the Federal Writers’ Project, one of the primary goals of which was to complete the America Guide series, a series of guidebooks for each state which included state history, art, architecture, music, literature, and points of interest to the major cities and tours throughout the state. Work on the Ohio Guide began in 1935 with the publication of several pamphlets and brochures. The Reorganization Act of 1939 consolidated the Works Progress Administration and other agencies into the Federal Works Administration, and the Federal Writers’ Project became the Federal Writers’ Project in Ohio. The final product was published in 1940 and went through several editions. The Ohio Guide Collection consists of 4,769 photographs collected for use in Ohio Guide and other publications of the Federal Writers’ Project in Ohio from 1935-1939.
View on Ohio Memory. Image ID: SA1039AV_B07F06_006_1 Subjects: Housing; Children; Housing; Apartment Architecture, Domestic--Ohio--Pictorial works; Lawns; Ohio--History--Pictorial works; Federal Writers' Project Places: Ohio
Description: This photograph shows a woman relaxing at an umbrella table in the yard behind a Lustron house in the late 1940s. Lustron homes were prefabricated, single-family homes constructed of porcelain steel. They were manufactured in Columbus, Ohio, to alleviate a post-World War II housing shortage. Unable to compete with traditional builders, Lustron went out of business in 1950. A total of 2,498 Lustron houses were built in 36 states. View on Ohio Memory. Image ID: Om3331_4692182_001 Subjects: Architecture; Prefabricated houses; Daily Life; Lawns; Lustron Corporation Places: Columbus (Ohio); Franklin County (Ohio)
Description: Photograph of four adults playing croquet on a lawn. A frame house is seen in the background, and a dog is seated in the yard.
This photograph was taken by traveling photographer Albert J. Ewing, ca. 1896-1912. Like most of Ewing's work, it was likely taken in southeastern Ohio or 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 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: AL06676 Subjects: Ewing, Albert J. (1870-1934); Games; Cultural Ohio--Ohio Sports; Lawns; Dogs Places: Ohio; West Virginia
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