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Albert J. Ewing Collection
Description: Photograph showing a woman standing on the steps of the Lincoln Tomb, located in Oak Ridge Cemetery in Springfield, Illinois. The tomb is the burial site of President Abraham Lincoln, along with his wife and three of their sons. Designed by Larkin Goldsmith Mead and completed in 1874, the monument is constructed of granite, and features a crypt, receiving room, obelisk and bronze statuary. This photograph was taken by traveling photographer Albert J. Ewing, ca. 1896-1912. 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.
Image ID: AV71_B26_F2433
Subjects: Ewing, Albert J. (1870-1934); Photographers--Ohio; Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865; Monuments & memorials; Presidents -- Death and burial;
Places: Springfield (Illinois)