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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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“No Really, You’re Such a Doll . . .”

Ruth Bernhard, Broken Doll, 1938 Hans Bellmer, The Doll, 1935 Fred Stein, [Doll in glass jar], ca. 1935 Cindy Sherman, Untitled #341, 1999 Dolls frequently manage to resist categorical definition because they hover between anthropological artifacts, toys, and avatars. More … Continue reading

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“Gimme a head with hair, long beautiful hair shining, gleaming, streaming, flaxen, waxen…”

Unidentified Photographer, [Backs of Eight Unidentified Women with Long Hair], ca. 1880 The nineteenth-century obsession with hair was expressed first in jewelry:  brooches, necklaces, earrings, either made with or attached by a lock of hair. Often the lock of hair … Continue reading

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