Gallery view

1927

Blackington, Alton H.

Gert Swasey Full-length portrait, smoking a cigarette, and seated in squalor

Haverhill (Mass.) - From a series of images for the Norris Sunday Herald; feature, lecture. Helen "Gert" Swasey (1855-1934) a noted circus performer (horse act) who had fallen on hard times as she aged, became known for adopting stray dogs and alley cats in the 1920s. Image is a lantern slide made from Blackington negative muph061-sl715-i001.

Alton H. Blackington Collection