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Photograph by:
Ruth Orkin, American, 1921 - 1985  Search this
Subject of:
Unidentified Woman or Women  Search this
Unidentified Child or Children  Search this
silver and photographic gelatin on photographic paper
H x W (Image): 18 7/8 × 12 13/16 in. (47.9 × 32.5 cm)
H x W (Sheet): 19 7/8 × 15 15/16 in. (50.5 × 40.5 cm)
gelatin silver prints
Place depicted:
Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States, North and Central America
1947; printed after 1985
A black and white photograph of a woman and her daughter sitting atop a suitcase in Penn Station, in New York City. The young girl is featured facing the camera with her eyes slightly closed and her head resting on her mother's shoulder. She is wearing a dress, dress shoes, and a bow in her hand. Her proper right leg is pulled up to her chest and she is holding a band across her proper right foot. Her proper left leg, hangs off the side of the suitcase. The mother has her back toward the camera and is sitting facing the back right of the photograph. She is wearing a dress and hat and looks off in the direction that she is facing. Other people and suitcases are partially visible in the background. The back of the photograph features a stamp from the Orkin/Engel Archive and contains, title, date, and copyright information.
African American  Search this
Children  Search this
Photography  Search this
Travel  Search this
Urban life  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of the Orkin/Engel Film and Photo Archive
Object number:
Restrictions & Rights:
© Orkin/Engel Film and Photo Archive
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Collection title:
Orkin/Engel Film and Photo Archive Collection
Penn Station Series
Media Arts-Photography
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture