In the winter of 1915, Jeff Ward, ,owner of “The Big Store” dry goods establishment in Tazewell, Virginia, took the train to New York City to buy up-to-date items for the coming season. His visit evidently went well and to celebrate it—and his fortyseventh birthday on February 9—he had the versatile cameraman who ran the White Way Photo Studio at 1341 Broadway make this portrait showing multiple Wards in solemn communion with themselves. He was pleased enough with the result to order postcards made up for his friends.
This photograph was sent to us by the sitter’s niece, Mrs. John
M. Aldrich of Roanoke. We continue to invite our readers to send us unusual, dramatic, or amusing photographs—at least thirty years old —that they own. They should be sent to Geoffrey C. Ward (no relation), American Heritage Publishing Co., 10 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10020.
As we cannot be responsible for original material, we request that a copy be sent at first. Under no circumstances should glass negatives be mailed. Pictures can be returned only if accompanied by a stamped, self-addressed envelope. A MERICAN H ERITAGE will pay $50.00 for each one that is run.