The First Communion

PhotographerFrederick Gutekunst

CountryUnited States


JournalThe Photographic Times: 1894: January-June

AtelierFrederick Gutekunst Co. (Philadelphia)


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Crucifix, Fashion, Portrait: Children, Prayer, Religion: Christianity


Image Dimensions: 17.6 x 12.6 cm Feb. 16, 1894: Vol. XXIV, No. 648
Support Dimensions: 29.0 x 21.5 cm

The following editorial comment regarding this plate appears on p. 99:



The picture which appears as our frontispiece tells its own story. The little girl on the way to receive the Holy Communion is the daughter of Lou Simons, the well-known negro minstrel. Mr. Gutekunst, the author of the picture, says: “Is there a stronger contrast imaginable than the tale this picture tells us?” We imagine not.

This archive has attributed the plate to the Gutekunst atelier although this information is not printed on it.

The First Communion