A Disputed Trench
Date ca. 1915
Artist:Harry Cowles Mann, American, 1866 - 1926
Dimensions Overall, Image: 7 1/2 × 9 3/8 in. (19.1 × 23.8 cm) Overall, Support: 13 3/8 × 14 15/16 in. (34 × 37.9 cm)
Medium Gelatin silver print
Credit Line Gift of Polly Lazaron from the collection of Dr. Emanuel Wallerstein
Description This is one of 41 black and white photographs depicting various sites around Virginia Beach, VA.
Exhibition History"Harry C. Mann: Norfolk Photographer," Willoughby-Baylor House, Norfolk, VA, April 2, 2016 - April 2, 2017.
Object Label A Disputed Trench , ca. 1915 A Glimpse of Sand Beach in Water, ca. 1915 Gelatin silver prints (photographs) National Geographic published these two beach views in its September 1915 issue to accompany an article titled “The Warfare on our Eastern Coast.” The article presented the coast as a space of conflict between land and water, using militaristic terms like “trench,” “sentinels,” and “battle-field.” In the midst World War I, these pictures might have prompted Americans to imagine the fighting happening across the Atlantic Ocean in Europe. The heavy local naval presence in the Norfolk’s ports made residents of the city especially aware of the ongoing turmoil abroad. Gifts of Polly Lazaron from the collection of Dr. Emanuel Wallerstein 82.98.15 and 82.98.41
Object Number 82.98.15