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Masha Arms captured a family moment when Robert Frost (1874-1963) and his granddaughters, Elinor and Lee, strolled down the sidewalk. In this scene America's poet laureate appears accessible and familiar. Robert Frost, Elinor Wilber Frost, and Lesley Lee Francis are seen opposite the King-Smith Studio School in Washington, DC. 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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Robert Frost and grand daughters

creator   Masha Arms (1908-2005)
date   post 1938
location   Washington D.C.
width   7.0"
height   9.25"
process/materials   gelatin silver print
item type   Photograph/Photograph
accession #   #2005.09.2

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Elinor Francis (1929-)

Lesley (Frost) Francis (1899- )

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