Hampton Head

Published:March 15, 2010 by Brendan Wolfe

The photograph above, featured at the photo blog Shorpy, comes with the following caption:

“Head of a Girl, 1905.” Hampton, Virginia. “Girl at elementary school affiliated with the Hampton Normal and Agricultural Institute.” Gum bichromate print by pioneering fine-art photographer Fred Holland Day (1864-1933), whose work we’ll be seeing more of every Sunday for the next few months.

In case you were wondering, the school’s commandant of cadets in 1905 was Robert Russa Moton, the man who succeeded Booker T. Washington at Tuskegee and whose name was on one of the most famous schools in Virginia.