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Sarah Greenough, “Alfred Stieglitz/The Letterbox/1894,” Alfred Stieglitz Key Set, NGA Online Editions, (accessed February 25, 2024).

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Key Set Entry

Related Key Set Photographs

  • Alfred Stieglitz
    The Letterbox
    1894, printed 1895/1896
    platinum print
    Key Set Number 182
    same negative
  • Alfred Stieglitz
    The Letterbox
    1894, printed 1897
    Key Set Number 183
    same negative
  • Alfred Stieglitz
    The Letterbox
    1894, printed 1929/1934
    gelatin silver print
    Key Set Number 184
    same negative


For Stieglitz's description of Gutach, where this view was made, see Key Set number 171.

Other Collections

A print corresponding with this photograph can also be found in the following collection(s):

Collection of Michael Mattis and Judith Hochberg, New York (signed, titled, and dated on the overmat)

National Gallery of Art, Washington, 2006.3.1.9

Richard and Ellen Sandor Family Collection (inscribed: The Letterbox—Alfred Stieglitz / Original Platinum Print—1894)

Lifetime Exhibitions

A print from the same negative—perhaps a photograph from the Gallery’s collection—appeared in the following exhibition(s) during Alfred Stieglitz’s lifetime:

1895, Paris (no. 574, as La Boîte aux lettres, platinum)
1896, Berlin (as Am Briefkasten [The Letter Box])
1898, New York, American Institute (no. 184, as The Letter Box, silver medal)
1898, Philadelphia (no. 200, as The Letter-box)
1899, New York (no. 7, as The Letterbox, 1894–1899, platinum direct)
1934, New York (no. 14, as The Letterbox, 1894)

Lifetime Publications

A reproduction of this work appeared in the following publication(s) during Alfred Stieglitz’s lifetime:

The Photographic Times 26 (January 1895): opp. 1 (ill., A Happy New Year)

Picturesque Bits of New York and Other Studies (New York, 1897): unnumbered (ill., The Letter Box, photogravure)

Camera Notes 2:1 (July 1898): 11 (ill., untitled)

Charles DeKay, “The Photographer As Artist,” The New York Times Illustrated Magazine (4 June 1899): 7 (ill., The Letter Box)

Theodore Dreiser, “The Camera Club of New York,” Ainslee’s Magazine 4 (October 1899): 330 (ill., The Letter Box)


by Alfred Stieglitz, on interleaving tissue, lower right, in graphite: "The Letterbox."


Georgia O'Keeffe; gift to NGA, 1949.

Associated Names

O'Keeffe, Georgia


Greenough, Sarah. Alfred Stieglitz: The Key Set: The Alfred Stieglitz Collection of Photographs. Washington, 2002: vol. 1, cat. 181.

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