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Photograph of William L. McKee taken 22 years before his suicide at age 63, New York, 1913
Date Created and/or Issued
October 1913
Publication Information
Los Angeles Times
Contributing Institution
UCLA, Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library
Los Angeles Times Photographic Archives
Rights Information
Access to this collection is generously supported by Arcadia funds.
At age 63 the formerly successful banker William L. McKee took his own life in a public park by a self-inflicted gunshot wound through his heart. There were several notes written by McKee on the bench next to his body that contained a written account of his misery after living in poverty for several years.
Photograph appears with the article, "Ex-Banker Kills Self as Money and Work Go," Los Angeles Times, 24 Aug 1935: 1.
A picture of a photograph of McKee in his younger days wearing a suit and coat with a bowler hat. He holds a cigar and looks directly at the camera with his other hand in his pocket. McKee's name and the date and location the photograph was taken (New York City October 17th, 1913) are written in ink at the top and bottom of the photograph.
Handwritten on negative: N.Y. City. Oct. 17-1913.
Text from negative sleeve: 1862 - Wm L. McKee one-time affluent banker suicide in Pershing Square (Copy) [stamped:] Sep 4- 1935
Text from newspaper caption: William L. McKee
b&w nitrate negative
No linguistic content
Bankers--New York--New York
McKee, William L., 1871 or 72 – 1935
Los Angeles Times Photographic Collection

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