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Photograph by:
Russell Bros., 1883-1941  Search this
Subject of:
Unidentified Woman or Women  Search this
Unidentified Child or Children  Search this
silver and photographic gelatin or collodion on printing out paper on card mount
H x W (Image): 4 5/8 × 7 7/8 in. (11.7 × 20 cm)
H x W (Sheet): 5 1/4 × 8 1/2 in. (13.3 × 21.6 cm)
cabinet photographs
Place captured:
Anniston, Calhoun County, Alabama, United States, North and Central America
early 20th century
A cabinet card with a black-and-white photograph of an unidentified woman and three (3) unidentified children sitting on the steps of a raised wooden breezeway between two wooden buildings. The woman sits one step above the children and uses a comb to pick lice or other pests from the head of the child seated in the middle, whose head is resting on the woman's lap. The other two children look off frame to their left. The title and photographer name is in handwritten white text to the left of the woman and at the bottom left that is inherent to the print. The reverse of the gray card mount has a detailed list of other "Special Southern Views" available from Russell Bros. photographers printed in black ink.
Objects depicting racist and/or stereotypical imagery or language may be offensive and disturbing, but the NMAAHC aims to include them in the Collection to present and preserve the historical context in which they were created and used. Objects of this type provide an important historical record from which to study and evaluate racism.
African American  Search this
American South  Search this
Children  Search this
Domestic life  Search this
Hair  Search this
Health  Search this
Photography  Search this
Stereotypes  Search this
U.S. History, 1865-1921  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift from the Liljenquist Family Collection
Object number:
Restrictions & Rights:
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Collection title:
Liljenquist Family Collection
Special Southern Views
Media Arts-Photography
Racist and Stereotypical Objects
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture