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Pywell, William R. Marshall house, King and Pitt Streets, Alexandria, Virginia. August 1862.

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05111.01.0281 Author/Creator: Pywell, William R. Place Written: Alexandria, Virginia Type: Photograph Date: 1862/08 Pagination: 1 photograph ; 46.4 x 33 cm

Negative by William R. Pywell, positive by Alexander Gardner. Notice the ghosted image of a woman looking in the window of the dry goods store and the woman entering the store. Gardner's "Photo. Sketchbook of the Civil War," plate "No. 1". Graphite inscription on verso: "FY350-1/30."

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