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The Family Portrait

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Memorial Day

I’m not an American citizen and, even though there hasn’t been a war since World War II in my country, I know what war means. Although I’ve never be a soldier, I often ask myself how much a soldier should … Continue reading

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Nora Holt

Unidentified Photographer, [Nora Douglas Holt], ca. 1930 (1544.1990) During the roaring 1920s, Nora Holt was a scandalous socialite and party girl, as exemplified by her five marriages and countless lovers. She once walked down the aisle with a black eye … Continue reading

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Pocket Photographs: The Carte-de-Visite Revisited

Abraham Bogardus, Jubilee Singers, ca. 1876 Mathew B. Brady; published by E. & H.T. Anthony and Co., [Edwin Booth and his daughter Edwina], 1865 Broadbent & Phillips, [Unidentified Union Soldier], ca. 1862-65 Charles Eisenmann, The Original Eliophobus Family: Rudolph Lucasie, … Continue reading

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These children were turned out of the St. Lawrence Hotel, Chestnut St., Philadelphia, on account of Color

James Earle McClees, These children were turned out of the St. Lawrence Hotel, Chestnut St., Philadelphia, on account of Color, 1863 During the Civil War, schools for freedmen, ex-slaves, and their children were set up in many areas of the … Continue reading

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Calhoun School Album

Frances Benjamin Johnson (attributed), Class in Manual Drawing, ca. 1902 Frances Benjamin Johnson (attributed), Class at Work, ca. 1902 Frances Benjamin Johnson (attributed), Lesson in the laundry, ca. 1902 Frances Benjamin Johnson (attributed), Cooking Lesson, ca. 1902 This selection of … Continue reading

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Rev. William O. Swint in Harlem

Unidentified Photographer, [Rev. William O. Swint], ca. 1935 William O. Swint, Sr. (1896–1983), stands next to the fruit cart he operated in Harlem after he had to give up his store during the Depression. According to a note his wife … Continue reading

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