Mrs. W.B. Hamilton (LOC)

Bain News Service,, publisher.

Mrs. W.B. Hamilton

[between ca. 1910 and ca. 1915]

1 negative : glass ; 5 x 7 in. or smaller.

Title from unverified data provided by the Bain News Service on the negatives or caption cards.
Forms part of: George Grantham Bain Collection (Library of Congress).

Format: Glass negatives.

Rights Info: No known restrictions on publication.

Repository: Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C. 20540 USA,

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Call Number: LC-B2- 3561-9

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  1. artolog (4 days ago | reply)

    I'm not certain about the identification, in part because this studio portrait seems very heavily retouched, but I think this is the Mrs. W. B. Hamilton, well known San Francisco matron and member of the Women's Committee of Vigilance (or Vigilante Committee)
    opposed to drinking and vice in that city, who ran unsuccessfully, in the summer of 1926 in the Republican congressional primary in California.
    The incumbent, Florence Kahn, had filled the term of her late husband, and Hamilton opposed her in the primary. What made the story nationally newsworthy, was the "Woman vs. Woman, Wet vs. Dry" angle, as reported in the Gloversville Morning Herald of 8/12/26. %20NY%20Morn...
    Slightly Clearer: on%20NY%20Da...
    Another picture of Mrs. Hamilton from 1922: g=PA105&...
    Another newspaper photo from June, 1926 .php
    The notation on the portrait, "Church Studio, SF" indicates that it was probably taken in San Francisco.

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