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Masha Arms photographed Prentiss Childs (seated in the front), the son of Marquis and Lue (Prentiss) Childs, and his friend using her F2 Puppille miniature camera. The boys' expressions and the upward angle of this photograph create an unforgettable image of childhood. Originally from Fitchburg, Massachusetts, Masha Arms arrived in Washington, DC, during the Great Depression. After buying a Model G Leica camera in 1934 and teaching herself about the technical aspects of photography, she landed a job teaching photography at the King-Smith Studio School in 1936. Masha Arms' work was published in a 1936 Washington Post review of the Junior League Gallery exhibition alongside photographs by Ansel Adams and Margaret Bourke-White. In 1941, when the United States entered World War II, Masha left Washington, married William Tyler Arms of Deerfield, Massachusetts, and moved back to New England.


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Prentiss Childs and Chum

creator   Masha Arms (1908-2005)
date   c. 1938
location   Somerset, Maryland
height (mount)   19.812"
width (mount)   15.0"
height   13.25"
width   10.75"
process/materials   gelatin silver print
item type   Photograph/Photograph
accession #   #2005.09.1

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