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Library Features Bannister Babies Display

December 12, 2019 @ 10:00 am - December 31, 2019 @ 5:00 pm

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The Clifton Forge Public Library is pleased to showcase the display, “Are You a Bannister Baby?” featuring memorabilia from the private collection of John Moser.

Constance Bannister was considered one of the nation’s premier baby photographers, whom Jack Paar, host of the “Tonight Show,” called the “world’s most famous baby photographer.”

Photographing primarily during the 1940s and 1950s, Ms. Bannister is reported to have left a legacy of more than 100,000 pictures of babies in the care of her daughter, Lynda Hatcher.  The second of 17 children, Ms. Bannister has local ties to the area in her nephew, John Moser, who not only was photographed as a Bannister Baby but who also resides in Clifton Forge.  From his genealogy research, Mr. Moser notes that, “People from Alleghany County are related to her from both the Arthur Thomas Gibbs and Bessie Serena Jackson sides of the family.”

For more of her story, visit the Library’s Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/cliftonforgepubliclibrary/

“Are You a Bannister Baby?” will be on display throughout December.


December 12, 2019 @ 10:00 am
December 31, 2019 @ 5:00 pm


Clifton Forge Public Library
535 Church St
Clifton Forge, VA 24422 United States
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(540) 863-2519
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