July 30, 2020 12:00 PM EDT Cincinnati
Ends August 10, 2020


Phelps Vocational High School Press Photographs, Washington, DC 1945-1955, Lot of 45

Lot of 45 photographs, each 8 x 10 in., with one image formed by 2 photographs, each approx. 2.5 x 9 in., taped together, capturing scenes of student life at Phelps Vocational High School in Washington, DC, n.d. ca 1945-1955. Includes sporting events, theatrical productions, special assemblies, and classroom activities, highlighted by images of the school's Christmas pageant, the crowning of the class king and queen, the Phelps football team in 1945, and class ROTC officers. Some bear date stamps and hand-written annotations on verso.

The Phelps Vocational High School, named for American Civil War naval office a diplomat Seth Ledyard Phelps (1824-1885), was established in 1912 as a trade school for young African American men. The curriculum included instruction in bricklaying, carpentry, mechanical drawing, automobile mechanics, machine shop practice, and printing. In 1943, admission opened to female students, and the school was renamed Phelps Career High School.


Overall light toning and curled edges. Many with minor tears consistent with wear, and some staining on verso.

Estimate: $100 - $300
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium


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