cameraDr. Homer J. Hartzell headed the Cleveland infectious disease hospital during the city’s last smallpox epidemic, in 1901-1902. Hartzell kept a personal photographic log of the epidemic, as seen in the photos presented here. Some 75 glass negatives, 40 lantern slides, and a small album came to the Dittrick in 1986, along with Hartzell’s own camera used to capture the epidemic.Photo left: Hartzell’s Pony Premo E camera which sold for $8.00 in the Rochester Optical Company Catalogue in 1898. Below is a sampling of photographs from the Hartzell album.

Photo album

If you would like more information about the Dittrick’s photography collection, see the photography page and contact Assistant Curator for Multimedia and Communications, Laura Travis