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Fine dressmaking is prominently featured in this portrait of a young woman in a beautiful dress, posing at the steps of a large, Queen Anne style house. Some of the photographs in the collection are scenes of troops training for World War I at the nearby State Fairgrounds. Indeed a number of young men from Lincoln's African American community served in the war. Perhaps the wistful pose of this woman is meant to suggest she is waiting for a letter from a loved one. <br />
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Photographs taken on black and white glass negatives by African American photographer(s) John Johnson and Earl McWilliams from 1910 to 1925 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Douglas Keister has 280 5x7 glass negatives taken by these photographers. Larger scans available on request.