Archive Stories: Mysteries
Who is it?
This photograph, one of Harris's most famous and beloved images, was probably taken at the Kay Boys' Club in Pittsburgh c. 1945. However, we don't know the name of the boy. Today, he would be a man in his seventies.
In this tragic car portrait, many dating clues—such as license plates, clothing fashions, or the make and model of the car—are absent. We think it dates to the 1930s or 1940s. Identifying the car would help narrow down the date.
What's going on here?
A group of photographs of Pittsburgh cross-dressers is among the most controversial in the Teenie Harris Archive—not because of the subject matter, but because the authorship is disputed. Harris was one of several photographers working the Hill District club scene, and while these images have always been part of the Archive, it has been suggested that they may be the work of Walter Allen, or one of Harris's studio assistants. Documentary evidence regarding authorship will help to resolve competing claims.