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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC04749.10 Author/Creator: Unknown Place Written: Lookout Mountain, [Tennesee] Type: Photograph Date: [1863] Pagination: 8.2cm. x 17.0 cm. Full stereo, Mounted.

Pencil inscription on verso: "Aldehoff School, Lookout Mtn." Image of men and women gathered in front of a white two-story building. Some of the men are carrying musical instruments.


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