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Albert J. Ewing Collection
Description: Taken by traveling photographer Albert J. Ewing on November 17, 1902, this photograph shows the students at Borland School in Pleasants County, West Virginia, ranging from elementary to middle school ages, including a set of twin girls. The female teacher stands in the back row on the right side. 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_f681
Subjects: Ewing, Albert J. (1870-1934); One-room schools; School children; School photography
Places: Borland (West Virginia)