WINDOW WASHERS. Two images feature window washers at work on tall houses. Lettering added to the negatives hints that they may have been intended as trade cards or advertisements for a window-washing service. Although many of the letters have fallen off, the top image includes the address 1616 North Twenty-seventh Street. That is not the house depicted, but instead was the residence in 1915 of Mathew Carter, an African American janitor and John Johnson's probable client for these pictures.
Photographs taken on black and white glass negatives by African American photographer(s) John Johnson and Earl McWilliams from 1910 to 1925 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Douglas Keister has 280 5x7 glass negatives taken by these photographers. Larger scans available on request.