W.J. Harris was a photographer who was born in England and immigrated to the United States as a child.
He grew up in Pennsylvania and moved to Lake Hopatcong, N.J., in the late 1890s.
By the turn of the century, he was spending his winters in St. Augustine, Florida, photographing the nation's oldest city and selling his work on prints and postcards. He owned and operated a photography shop on historic St. George Street, near the city gates.
From 1898 until his death in 1940, he accumulated an impressive body of work, portraying many of the city's landmarks in historic photographs that are still being published and collected today.
Larger versions of his works are still displayed in several city and county buildings, as well as some of the bigger hotels in St. Augustine, and his postcards turn up regularly on auction sites like eBay.
W.J. Harris' granddaughters and their families live in St. Augustine and Tampa, Florida.
Harris Pictures is pleased to offer W.J. Harris' classic early 20th Century images of historic St. Augustine landmarks on apparel and key chains.
My name is Leslie Goode, and W.J. Harris was my great-grandfather. Though he passed away decades before I was born, his resonance has remained strong in my family, and his beautiful painted photographs of St. Augustine have been a part of my life ever since I can remember.
After a family friend mentioned that visitors to St. Augustine - as well as locals - might enjoy seeing W.J.'s classic images on items such as t-shirts, coffee mugs, posters and key chains, I started Harris Pictures.
I was born in St. Augustine and have a home on the same property where I bagged coquina as a child for Carver Harris, my grandfather, who was W.J.'s son. Like his father, Carver was a photographer, and owned and operated a gift shop at the Castillo de San Marcos that was open for more than fifty years. I worked at the shop as a teenager and later helped my grandfather with the business when he became sick.
Harris Pictures is pleased to offer W.J. Harris' classic early 20th Century images of historic St. Augustine landmarks on apparel and key chains,
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St. Augustine, FL, USA