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10144. (halftone print) Ida Lewis, Famous Lighthouse Heroine. c.1895.

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10144. (halftone print) Ida Lewis, Famous Lighthouse Heroine. c.1895.

10144. (halftone print) Ida Lewis, Famous Lighthouse Heroine. c.1895. Superb large halftone print from period text provides fine portrait of rescuer and lighthouse keeper Ida Lewis of Lime Rock, Rhode Island. Ida Lewis gained national notoriety during a time when most women in the United States were not in the professional workforce nor on the national stage. She overcame the biases of the time, through skill and professional ability, to become the official keeper of Lime Rock Light Station, a position she held until her death.” She was officially credited with saving 18 lives during her 39 years at Lime Rock and was awarded the Gold Lifesaving Medal. A biography of the day notes: “What the story of Grace Darling is to Great Britain , that of Ida Lewis is to America . Ida Lewis was born in Newport , R. I., in 1841. Her father, Capt. Hoea Lewis, was keeper of the Lime Rock lighthouse in Newport harbor, and his daughter became in early life a skilled swimmer and oars-woman. Such images of Ida Lewis are extremely rare and collectible. This beautiful half-tone print measures 5 ½” x 8″ on paper measuring 7 ¾” x 11”, Disbound from biographical folio of the period. With text on back, printed on smoother magazine quality paper. Matted and framed it would make an outstanding addition to any antique print collection. Beautiful large, clean image. (VG+). $34.