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About this collection

The Willard R. Ross Postcard Collection is comprised of original photographic postcard prints, primarily of the streets and architecture of Washington D.C. and the surrounding areas from the 1910s to 1930s. 

 

Photographer Willard R. Ross (1860-1948) moved to the district around 1910, where he became a postcard photographer specializing in “hometown” views. The collection consists largely of building and street views – churches, cemeteries, schools, businesses, and other public buildings are well represented – but also contains some images of Washingtonians, including many images of the adventures of the Wanderlusters, a co-ed hiking club. Ross assigned captions and non-unique numbers to most of his postcard images which are used as the item titles.

 

The digital collection currently includes Ross postcards owned by DC Public Library, as well as images from the collections of the Historical Society of Washington, DCPL Special Collections Librarian Jerry A. McCoy, and private collector Wesley Ponder.

 

Ross postcard images are in the public domain.

 
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