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Canadians Abroad: Claude & Kit’s European Adventure

The first caption reads, “Just before we left home June 19, 1929”. And so begins the 67 page travel album that chronicles the summer adventures of Claude and Kit, a Toronto couple setting forth from Canada on a European vacation … Continue reading

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From Whence The Clouds They Came

Frank Wendt, Jump from the Clouds with the Aid of a Parachute, 1899 (2011.47.123) Robert Capa, [Student makes first jump from 300m, Parachute School, Paris], Fall 1935 (197.1992) Robert Capa, [French air force parachute school at Avignon-Pujaut], 1939 (2010.85.570) Martin … Continue reading

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Sugar, Fish, and Fortresses: Life in a Colonial Stronghold as seen by Charles W. Blackburne

Charles W. Blackburne [Cooper's Photo Studio and Belgrave's Curiosity Shop, Bridgetown, Barbados] , 1897-1912 (2013.81.16) Charles W. Blackburne [Shell fishers, St. Thomas] 1897-1912 (2013.81.319) During the span of his career as an importer of goods to the United States from … Continue reading

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Working to Break up the Break: Celebrate International Coffee Day!

Bill Owens, I used to be a chef and my partner was a garbage foreman, 1974 (2389.2005) Carl Mydans [French tank brigade near Verdun, France], June 1940 (181.2005) Carl Mydans [Sand hogs, Midtown Tunnel breakroom, New York], 1939 (189.2005) Russell … Continue reading

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“I am glad that you are with me on the full moon night. I want to whisper to you that Happy Mid-Autumn Day my dearest.”

Unidentified Photographer, [Advertisement for mooncakes for Autumn Moon Festival featuring Apollo 11 astronauts, Hong Kong], September 1969 (2012.99.14) A Chinese celebration dating back to the Zhou Dynasty (1046-256 BCE), the Mid-Autumn Festival is second only to the Spring Festival, which … Continue reading

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Wash Your Hands!

Margaret Bourke‑White, [Nurse Clara Stull prepares typhoid inoculation for flood victims at refugee aid station at Hikes Grade School, Louisville], 1937 (1648.2005) W. Eugene Smith, [Nurse‑midwife Maude Callen giving inoculation to little boy], 1951 (993.2005) John Vachon, Irwinville Farms, Georgia. … Continue reading

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Happy 100th Birthday, Lucy!

Leonard McComb, [Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball at the Del Mar racetrack, California], 1958

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Fated Bonds

Herbert Mason Great Dome of St. Paul’s cathedral surrounding by burning city of London during major incendiary bomb attack by Nazis, 1940–41 Robert Capa [British surgical unit working in an operating room set up in a church, Maiori, Italy], September … Continue reading

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Henri & Henri

“The most difficult thing for me is a portrait. You have to try and put your camera between the skin of a person and his shirt.” Henri Cartier-Bresson Henri Cartier- Bresson, Hockey Game (Stanley Cup). Inside locker room after game. … Continue reading

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Oh My!

Martin Munkacsi, [Two men with a sea lion], ca. 1930 Weegee, [Woman and tiger], ca. 1960 Roman Vishniac, [Polar bear], ca. 1921

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