Edwin Wemple, Charlottesville, Va., 1976.


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  • Description
    Caption by photographer (Andrews): "Ed Wemple grew up in Charlottesville and graduated from the University of Virginia. He wandered the country during the depression of the 1930s. He worked as a longshoreman in New York, in lumber camps in Oregon and eventually went to Mexico, where he became a heroin addict. He cured himself by walking from El Paso to the Oklahoma border. He returned to New York, where he lived until 1964, taking in the bohemian and jazz cultures and working at odd jobs. He returned to Charlottesville in 1964 and lived there until his death in 1987. I lived in the same house with him for a year. He had not had a bath in nine years and spent his time reading and sleeping. He went by taxi once a week to the Alderman Library to replenish his book supply. A wonderful man who had endless stories to tell about his life. I regret that I did not record any of our conversations."
  • Item ID
  • Source Collection
    Jesse Andrews photographs, Rubenstein Library, Duke University
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  • Spatial Coverage
  • Provenance
    The Jesse Andrews photographs were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a purchase in 2003, 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2011.
  • Title
  • Creator
    Andrews, Jesse
  • Extent
    11 x 14 in.
  • Date
  • Box Number
    Box 5
  • Type
    Still Image
    black-and-white photographs
    documentary photographs
  • Subject
  • Copyright & Usage
    The copyright in the materials included in the Jesse Andrews Photographs collection are owned by the photographer. The photographs are made available by Duke University Libraries, with permission, for the purpose of research, teaching, and private study. For these purposes users may reproduce single copies of the images from this website without prior permission, on the condition that proper attribution is provided on all such copies. For all other uses, and especially for any proposed commercial uses, researchers must contact the Library to request permission.
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