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The home of Washington Illustrated. No. 20, Mansion, East Front, from the N.E., 1865-1875

 Item — Container: Waldsmith Collection - Box 1
Identifier: RP-3216 ; ST-7184 ; Waldsmith 001

Scope and Contents

From the Collection:

Views of Mount Vernon spanning more than 100 years. The Robert Waldsmith Collection consists of approximately 300 stereographs and cabinet cards by Alexander Gardner, N. G. Johnson, Luke D. Dillon, and others. Highlights of the collection include: several west front views of the Mansion, including the earlist known one by Frederick Langenheim, circa 1856; an early view of the tomb, circa 1857, and a collection of Washington statues and buildings honoring the first President.


  • Majority of material found within 1865-1875


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research during scheduled appointments. Researchers must complete the Washington Library’s Special Collections and Archives Registration Form before access is provided. The library reserves the right to restrict access to certain items for preservation purposes.


From the Collection: 236 stereographs and 61 cabinet cards Photographic Prints

Language of Materials


Physical Description

Stereoscopic view of the east front of the Mansion taken from the northeast, circa 1870. The balustrade has been removed for repair. Two men are standing next to the cellar entrance. The stereograph is from a series titled, 'The home of Washington Illustrated.' Mounted on tan colored board. The reverse of the card includes a list of 40 views, a drawn line indicates this as being No. 20. Published by Alexander Gardner, 921 Penna. Avenue, Washington D. C. for the Ladies' Mount Vernon Association. For Sale only at Mount Vernon.


6 3/4 in. x 3 3/8 in.

Repository Details

Part of the Photo Archives of the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association Repository

P.O. Box 3600
Mount Vernon VA 22121 United States