Vintage: Glass Plate Negatives of Norfolk, Virginia (1919)

Vintage: Glass Plate Negatives of Norfolk, Virginia (1919)


In the 1980’s 46 glass plate negatives were found in the attic of a Norfolk home. The plates measured 8.5” x 6.5”. Through the generous support of the Norfolk Commission on the Arts and Humanities, Old Dominion University, and Colorcraft Corporation, ten portfolios were created. The contact prints were archivally processed.

The photographer remains anonymous. It is assumed that he was an itinerant photographer traveling to various cities photographing local businesses. Historian Peter Stewart was able to identify several of the locations as Norfolk addresses, and the calendar clearly shows the date as 1919.

The fact that the majority of the images are interiors makes them relatively unique as documents of Norfolk, Virginia, 1919.

Norfolk, Virginia in 1919

Norfolk, Virginia in 1919

Norfolk, Virginia in 1919

Norfolk, Virginia in 1919

Norfolk, Virginia in 1919

Norfolk, Virginia in 1919

Norfolk, Virginia in 1919

Norfolk, Virginia in 1919

Norfolk, Virginia in 1919

Norfolk, Virginia in 1919

Norfolk, Virginia in 1919

Norfolk, Virginia in 1919

Norfolk, Virginia in 1919

Norfolk, Virginia in 1919

Norfolk, Virginia in 1919

Norfolk, Virginia in 1919

Norfolk, Virginia in 1919

Norfolk, Virginia in 1919

Norfolk, Virginia in 1919

Norfolk, Virginia in 1919

Norfolk, Virginia in 1919

Norfolk, Virginia in 1919

Norfolk, Virginia in 1919

Norfolk, Virginia in 1919

Norfolk, Virginia in 1919

Norfolk, Virginia in 1919

Norfolk, Virginia in 1919

Norfolk, Virginia in 1919

Norfolk, Virginia in 1919

Norfolk, Virginia in 1919

Norfolk, Virginia in 1919

Norfolk, Virginia in 1919

Norfolk, Virginia in 1919

Norfolk, Virginia in 1919

Norfolk, Virginia in 1919

Norfolk, Virginia in 1919

Norfolk, Virginia in 1919

Norfolk, Virginia in 1919

Norfolk, Virginia in 1919

Norfolk, Virginia in 1919

via David E. Johnson


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