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Tomb of Washington, c. 1859

 Item — Box: 1
Identifier: HPC - Cartes de visite

Scope and Contents

From the Collection:

The Historical Photograph Collection is largely comprised of materials created by or for the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association. Some of the earliest photographs of the estate were created and sold to visitors by the Association as a means of income. Those efforts helped to establish an important collection of 19th century views. The collection spans the 1850s to 2000s and includes over 140 linear feet of analog material providing a visual history of the Mansion, outbuildings, tombs, grounds, events, visitors, collection objects, personnel, and changes throughout the estate.


  • c. 1859


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: 89 Linear Feet (Variety of container sizes based on photograph sizes and material types. Over-sized items are housed in drawers.)

Language of Materials


Physical Description

Black and white photograph on carte de visite mount of visitors at Washington's tomb at Mount Vernon, c. 1859. Two unidentified men near a bench, top hats in hand, are posing in the foreground. A man and woman standing closer to the tomb appear in the background. One additional man, in partial view, peers around the iron railing around one of the obelisks. Photographer's stamp appears on the reverse: F. Gutekunst, Photographer, 704 & 706 Arch Street, Philada. A handwritten note indicates the card is from Mr. Franklin H. Price, Phila, ___1939.


4 in. x 2 1/2 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