W. J. Harris St. Augustine Photographer
1900-1940
Library of Congress and Florida State Archives
Monument erected in memory of Tolomato, a Seminole Indian chief,
St. Augustine, Fla.
Date Created/Published: c1911 Feb. 25.
Castillo
Court, Fort Marion, 1565, St. Augustine, Fla.
Photographer W. J. Harris
Date Created/Published: c1910.
Castillo
Court, Fort Marion, 1565, St. Augustine, Fla.
Photographer: W. J. Harris
Date Created/Published: c1910.
Castillo
Title: Court, Fort Marion, 1565, St. Augustine, Fla.
Photographer:   W. J. Harris,
Date Created/Published: c1910.
Castillo
Fort Marion Circle,
St. Augustine, Fla.   
Harris Co. ,
Date Created/Published: c1912.
Castillo
Fort Marion on Matanzas Bay, St. Augustine, Fla.
Harris Co.
Date Created/Published: c1912.
South Beach Alligator Farm - B
Reddington, George , copyright claimant
W. J. Harris, photographer
Date Created/Published: c1910.
Postcard of the Fish Scale House
State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory,
http://floridamemory.com/items/show/163970
Saint Augustine, Fla., : W. J. Harris Co., [1922]
Gonzalez-Alvarez House
State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, http://floridamemory.com/items/show/161451
St. Augustine, Fla. : W.J. Harris, [19--?] (Chicago : W.J. Harris, [19--?])
State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, http://floridamemory.com/items/show/17694

Post cards from the W. J. Harris Co.

Located on Bay Street at the corner of Treasury Street (6' 1" wide alley at the left,
"Narrowest St. in the U.S."). Formerly the Vedder House museum.
State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory,
http://floridamemory.com/items/show/163475
Saint Augustine, Fla. : W. J. Harris Co., [19--]
Ponce de Leon Hotel
State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory,
http://floridamemory.com/items/show/163476
Saint Augustine, Fla. : W. J. Harris Co., [19--]

General Note
Accompanying note "Built 1885. One of the famous East Coast System hostelries.
Spanish style of architecture. Cost $2,000,000; considered one of the finest hotels in
the world. Has five acres of roof."
Government House
State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory,
http://floridamemory.com/items/show/147934
Post office, formerly Spanish captain general's residence, built 1591,
St. Augustine, Fla.
Photonegative of a postcard by W.J. Harris, Company, St. Augustine.
St. George St.
State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory,
http://floridamemory.com/items/show/147966
Photonegative of post card by W.J. Harris Company, St. Augustine.
Constitution Monument
Plaza
State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory,
http://floridamemory.com/items/show/161228
St. Augustine, Fla. : W.J. Harris, [19--?]
Fountain of Youth
State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory,
http://floridamemory.com/items/show/161244
St. Augustine, Fla. : W.J. Harris, [19--] (Chicago : Curt Teich)
Fountain of Youth

State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, http://floridamemory.com/items/show/161245
St. Augustine, Fla. : W.J. Harris, [19--]
Ponce de Leon Hotel
State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory,
http://floridamemory.com/items/show/161248
St. Augustine, Fla. : W.J. Harris, [19--] (Chicago : Curt Teich)
Castillo
State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory,
http://floridamemory.com/items/show/161255
St. Augustine, Fla. : W.J. Harris, [19--] (Chicago : Curt Teich)

Wishing chimney, guard room - Fort Marion, St. Augustine, Florida
Alcazar Hotel
State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory,
http://floridamemory.com/items/show/161272
Saint Augustine, Fla. : W.J. Harris Co., [19--]
Castillo
State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory,
http://floridamemory.com/items/show/161340
St. Augustine, Fla. : W.J. Harris Co., [19--]
Castillo
State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory,
http://floridamemory.com/items/show/161344
St. Augustine, Fla. : W.J. Harris Co., 1904
Villa Flora
State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory,
http://floridamemory.com/items/show/161390
St. Augustine, Fla. : W.J. Harris Co., [19--?]
State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory,
http://floridamemory.com/items/show/163907
Saint Augustine, Fla. : W.J. Harris Co., [19--]
Castillo
State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory,
http://floridamemory.com/items/show/161254
Chief Osceola of the Seminoles confined in court room Fort Marion,
St. Augustine, Florida
St. Augustine, Fla. : W.J. Harris, [19--] (Chicago : Curt Teich
Castillo
State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory,
http://floridamemory.com/items/show/161257
St. Augustine, Fla. : W.J. Harris, 1904 (Chicago : Curt Teich)
St. George Street
State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory,
http://floridamemory.com/items/show/161463
St. Augustine, Fla. : W.J. Harris, [19--] (Chicago : Curt Teich)
Public Market

State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory,
http://floridamemory.com/items/show/163473
Saint Augustine, Fla. : W.J. Harris Co., [19--]

Accompanying note "The old slave market in the east end of the Plaza is an
interesting landmark of antebellum days. Called "slave market" by an
enterprising photographer to make his picture sell."
Public Market

State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory,
http://floridamemory.com/items/show/161531
St. Augustine, Fla. : W.J. Harris, [19--]

General Note
Depending on the source, the "slave market" is known as the Old Spanish
Market, the Old Market, or the Old Slave Market.
State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory,
http://floridamemory.com/items/show/158411

Saint Augustine, Fla. : W. J. Harris Co., 19-- (Chicago : C. T. American Art)
City Gates
State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory,
http://floridamemory.com/items/show/147721

Sleeve notes: "Built 1743, consisting of two square pillars of coquina rock, 20
feet in height, 10 feet thick; walls are 30 feet in length and 10 feet thick, space
between pillars is 12 feet and were protected with heavy iron bound gates, and
the approach was by way of a draw-bridge over the moat or ditch."

General Note
Photonegative of a post card by W.J. Harris Company, St. Augustine, Florida.
W.J. Harris (October 12, 1868 - 1940)
William James Harris was  born in England and immigrated to the United
States as a child in 1870.

He grew up in Pennsylvania and moved to Lake Hopatcong, N.J., in the late
1890s. In 1890 Harris moved to W. Pittston, PA where he began his career as
a traveling photographer.

In 1893 Harris traveled to the World's Columbia Exposition in Chicago. While
there his began the first of many subsequent promotional feats. One of the
focal points of the 1893 Columbia Exposition was the first-ever introduction of
George Ferris's great "Ferris Wheel".  His photograph of the wheel was so
impressive that Harris donated 2000 of them to the Ferris Wheel Company,
each of which included his name and address, which helped to make an early
name for the young photographer.

In 1895 he married Maude Dunn, a marriage that was short-lived because
she died in 1897.

His summers were spent In Lake Hopatcong, NJ. It is New Jersey's largest
lake. Lake Hopatcong was a summer mecca for the rich and famous.
Conveniently located to nearby New York city, Lake Hopatcong offered an
easy summer getaway from the city heat. Harris quickly recognized the
opportunity for his photographic services here during the summer months.


In 1898 Harris moved to St. Augustine, Florida where he opened the "Acme
View Company".  He spent his winters in St. Augustine, Florida,
photographing the nation's oldest city and selling his work on prints and
postcards. His studio was on St. George Street, near the city gates. One of
the trademarks of Harris were these Humor and Novelty Postcards. Take a
look at the government house, oldest house and public market photos. He
was not attempting to be historically accurate.

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.

Around 1901, Harris married a second time, making Marion E. Briant. Harris.
They had two children, a daughter (Ruth) and a son (Carver). This marriage
lasted until around 1920. After the divorce, Marion Harris returned to her
Dover, NJ home with Ruth, leaving Carver with his father.

In 1912 Harris began a long, and sometimes controversial, relationship with
the St. Augustine Historical Society. Serving as its business manager and
head curator, Harris was instrumental both in recruiting new members to the
Historical Society as well as promoting both the history and heritage of St.
Augustine. While on his watch, certain members began to dispute some of the
Historical Society's unsubstantiated claims...


After 1920 Harris married Ella Anderson, his third and final marriage.

He lived on 39 San Marco Avenue.
Capo's North Beach Rapid Transit

State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory,
http://floridamemory.com/items/show/147689

General Note
Sleeve notes: "Capo's North Beach Rapid Transit, between the Pavilion and Ocean
Beach. Capo's North beach one of the popular short sails from St. Aug. where the
tourist may enjoy one of the finest ocean beaches in the south."

General Note
Photonegative of a post card by C.T. Photochrom, published by W.J. Harris, Company
St. Johns Electric Company

State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory,
http://floridamemory.com/items/show/147950

General Note
Station goes to Anasatasia, South, Chautauqua, and Crescent beaches. Sleeve
notes: "South Beach bathing pavilion and alligator farm. Chautauqua Beach,
assembly grounds of the M.E. Church South, auditorium and bathing beach.
Crescent Beach reached by auto bus along 20 miles of hard beach, famous for
automobile course."


General Note
Photonegative of a post card by C.T. Photochrom, published by W.J.Harris
Company, St. Augustine
Bayfront

State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory,
http://floridamemory.com/items/show/147949

General Note
Photonegative of a postcard by C.T. American Art, published by W.J. Harris Company,
St. Augustine.


General Note
Sleeve notes: "Showing the Monson, Bennet House, Mantanzas Apartments and
Fort Marion in distance."
Gonzalez-Alvarez House

State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory,
http://floridamemory.com/items/show/163522

Saint Augustine, Fla. : W.J. Harris Co., Inc., [19--]

General Note
Accompanying note "Oldest House- Property of the Historical Society, St.
Augustine, Fla. On St. Francis Street, beside the old barracks and five minutes
walk from the Plaza, directly south along the Sea Wall to the end. Then look to the
right and you will see The House Under Three Flags. Open daily from 8 A.M. to 6
P.M.. Guide in attendance."

General Note
Accompanying note on the front "This house is draped with the famous money
vine. Tradition says: Place a leaf of this vine in your purse and you will always
have money."
W. J. Harris
1906
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