This photograph was originally from the collection of Allen H. Eaton, a trustee of New York's Ethical Culture School, and an employee of the Russell Sage Foundation, where Hine had an important exhibition of his photographs in 1929.
This early, large-format print is on double-weight paper. It is pleasingly warm-toned and is in generally very good to excellent condition. The central area of the image appears slightly warmer in tone than the right and lower edges, which are more neutral. The print is trimmed to the image, and there is very minor wear to the edges and corners. A few creases in the lower left corner have been expertly retouched. A few deposits of retouching can be seen in raking light. There is a slight amount of silvering in the darkest areas of the image.
The reverse of the print has a few stains and scattered soiling. These minor condition issues are consistent with handling and age and they do not detract from its overall fine appearance.
When examined under ultraviolet light, this print does not appear to fluoresce.
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