Walt Whitman, July 1878.
Walt Whitman, 1879. With Harold Johnston. This is a cropped version of Kurtz’s photo of Whitman with “Kitty” (Katherine Devereux) and “Harry” (Harold Hugh) Johnston. Kitty has been doctored out and a clutch of grass added to Harry’s hand. A child said “What is the grass? fetching it to me with full hands.”
Walt Whitman. From the Walt Whitman Quarterly, Vol. 29, No. 1: “A Previously Unknown Whitman Photograph: This photograph was taken sometime in the late 1870s or early 1880s. The photographer is unknown. It appears courtesy of the owner, Jeffrey Kraus, and is part of the Jeffrey Kraus Collection. The photo is similar to two taken by Frederick Gutekunst in 1880, though Whitman is wearing a darker hat and a different coat here. The only other photos showing Whitman with a hat as dark as this one are a J. W. Black photo in 1860 and two photos of Whitman with his friend Bill Duckett, taken in 1886.”
Walt Whitman. Circa 1867. Written on verso is “Walt Whitman, Poet, was a hack driver in 1861, he drove Abe Lincoln to the Astor House in an open hack in 1861.”