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Kathy Pinna

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Reverend Clara Smith annointing Mrs. Ella Watson, a government charwoman (janitor). Is this a double exposure or is there also a pastor annointing another woman?

This was at the "flower bowl demonstration," a service held once a year at the St. Martin's Spiritual Church. Reverend Vondell Gassawaywas the pastor - I just don't understand the composition of this photo. It wasn't meant to be artistic, just to record an event.

Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress, Parks, Gordon, photographer
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I really wish we knew what is going on with the 'shadow' effect in this image. It's definitely an awesome effect especially considering this photo is of an annointing ceremony.
Sep 23, 2011 12:33 pm reply
What amazes me is that when I first looked at the picture, the female pastor's face was clearly pictured; the second time, her face was gone, replaced by the male pastor's in a more bowed position
Oct 30, 2011 12:57 pm reply
Correction: The second time and ever since, for me, her face is gone, replaced by the male pastor's in a straight forward position, not bowed.
Nov 01, 2011 12:40 pm reply
Photo taken at Washington DC, District of Columbia USA on
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Ella Watson

Born: Apr 3, 1857
Died: unknown
Also in this photo: Ella Watson  ·  Reverend Clara Smith  ·  Reverend Vondell Gassaway