Tintypes for Coloring (Not Socially Distancing)

Unidentified Photographer, [Four Unidentified Men in Frames], ca. 1875 (2008.81.8)

A PDF of the [Four Unidentified Men in Frames] is here.

Unidentified Photographer, [Two Unidentified Women and Two Men with Tennis Rackets], 1880 (2008.81.4)

A PDF of the [Two Unidentified Women and Two Men with Tennis Rackets] is here.

Unidentified Photographer, [Seven Unidentified Firemen], ca. 1870 (2008.81.69)

A PDF of [Seven Unidentified Firemen] is here.

Unidentified Photographer, [Bell Ringers, possibly Peake Family], ca. 1865 (2009.15.16)

A PDF of the [Bell Ringers] is here

Unidentified Photographer, Ida Cushman as “The Giggler”, Alice Cushman as Queen Elizabeth, Julie Hood as “The Dancing Girl”, Helen Gardner as Cleopatra, Una Longfellow as Maud Miller, Rye Beach, 1874 (2008.81.73)

A PDF of the Giggler and her friends is here.

Unidentified Photographer, [Two Clowns], ca. 1870 (2007.54.30)

A PDF of these [Two Clowns] is here.

Unidentified Photographer, [Backs of Eight Unidentified Women with Long Hair], ca. 1880 (2413.2005)

A PDF of the [Backs of Eight Unidentified Women with Long Hair] is here.

Please download, print, color, share, etc. etc… these tintypes of people who are not successfully practicing social distancing.

(Clicking on the image will open a printable JPEG, clicking on the word “here” will open a presentable PDF, clicking on the accession number will open the on-line catalog record for the object with a correct likeness of the original object.)

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Edward Steichen

Edward Steichen (1879-1973), Self-portrait with Studio Camera, 1917 (printed 1982), (764.1984)

Edward Steichen (1879-1973), [Self-portrait with brush and palette], 1901 (2011.78.2)

Edward Steichen (1879-1973), [Self-portrait], 1937 (1160.2005)

Life, April 26, 1937, pp. 52-55 (photos by Edward Steichen)

Millions of Gardeners

… [The visitors to the International Flower Show in the Grand Central Palace in New York City, March 1937] were much more impressed, however by the prize-winning gardens shown on the following pages in color photographs taken by Edward Steichen. Mr. Steichen whose picture is inset at left, is known among photographers as one of the greatest portraitists clicking a shutter today. He is known among horticulturalists as one of the greatest breeders of delphiniums who ever called the gods’ wrath down on a burrowing star-nosed mole.
Life, April 26, 1937, p. 52

Millions of Moles. For more about star-nosed moles, please see: “The Star-Nosed Mole Has the World’s Most Sophisticated Sniffer,” from the American Museum of Natural History. Most moles do not have very good vision, in fact they are almost blind. Well, why would they need to see? (Who nose? Do they have black-light posters of super star star-nosed moles on the walls of their burrows?) They spend most of their time underground, burrowing and doing mole-things. Everything looks the same in the dark, but not everything smells the same. That’s why they need sophisticated sniffers and knowledgeable noses. These magnificent creatures are also one of the few animals that can smell underwater. Intriguingly, star-nosed moles are “the fastest eater of any mammal.” (Perhaps not surprising since their diet consists primarily of earthworms… that’s Life.)

Anyway, let’s not make a mountain out of a passing reference to a burrowing star-nosed mole, and return to Edward Steichen (who, as an editor and curator, had a sophisticated sniffer for sniffing out great photographs). Here he is working. (He’s not doing a star-nosed mole impersonation – it’s the family of people exhibition, not the family of star-nosed moles exhibition:-)

Wayne Miller (1918-2013), Steichen working on Family of Man show, 1954 (79.1998)

Suzanne Szasz (1915–1997), Edward Steichen at age 90 at his Redding, Ct. home, ca. 1969 (382.1981)

Weegee (1899-1968), Edward Steichen, ca. 1960 (3500.1993)

Three self-portraits by, and three portraits of, Edward Steichen, born on this day, March 27, 1879, in Bivange, Luxembourg.

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Shirin Neshat

Shirin Neshat, “Tooba Series”, 2002 (2006.39.2) (Cibachrome)

Shirin Neshat, “Passage Series”, 2001 (2006.39.1) (Cibachrome)

Shirin Neshat was born on this day in Qazvin, Iran.

Shirin Neshat received the 2002 Infinity Award in the Art category and the Spotlight Award (“honoring women seminal in visual arts, particularly photography or film”) in 2014.

The last three paragraphs of an interview from a New York Times series about visionary people:

“Art That Is Political and Personal”

But to be discovered, you had to be making compelling art, no?

It took me a while to take myself seriously. And I think that’s the preferable way. A lot of artists are at school, and they’re trying to have a career immediately after they graduate. I tell them, “You have to live a life and not make art because of the need of career.”

How do you define success?

I think the one thing I feel very proud about is that I’m very self-made. I came to this country alone, really, and I stood on my own two feet. And if the clock stops right here, I feel that I have achieved a great amount of my dreams.

How does your future look?

I’d still like to do more. I don’t feel like a failure, but I think I feel like I’m struggling all the time. Part of the reason I struggle is my own fault: I’m very ambitious, I do things in a very big way, I take a lot of risks. And because I’ve changed my medium, I feel like a beginner — I still feel like a young artist even though I’m not young. And that is the foundation of who I am. I’m still wanting to reinvent myself, and that basically is what keeps me on my toes and keeps me excited.

Shirin Neshat and Ted Loos, The New York Times, September 12, 2019

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Weegee’s Puppies, Puppies, Puppies

Weegee (1899-1968), “Ritz, a puppy belonging to William Kinsman, was one of the causalities of the two-alarm blaze, New York,” February 1, 1944 (1056.1993)

Ritz, a puppy belonging to William Kinsman, was one of the causalities of the two-alarm blaze at 157 W. 74th St. yesterday. Noticing the dog had a broken leg, a fireman wrapped him in a blanket and took him to the street.
PM, February 1, 1944, p. 10

Weegee (1899-1968), [Dixie Girl and her seven puppies on the pool table at Dixie Rose A.C., New York], 1942 (2405.1993)

Up at the Dixie Rose A.C. at Broome and Mulberry St., a neighborhood social club in the heart of Little Italy, Dixie Girl gave birth to a litter of seven pups on the pool table. Dixie Girl is, reputedly, a mixture of Belgian police dog and black Spitz. In honor of 32 club members now in service, listed on sign in background, other members have voted to give the pups as mascots to Army camps. “V for Victory” here posed with pups one day old. PM, August 2, 1942, p.5

Weegee (1899-1968), [Dixie Girl and her seven puppies on the pool table at Dixie Rose A.C., New York], August 2, 1942 (15299.1993)

Weegee (1899-1968), “Buddy is ‘Watered In'” ca. 1940 (16755.1993)

Buddy is ‘Watered In’
New York — Things got pretty tough for ‘Buddy,’ Bulldog owned by Mrs. De Forest Grant, of 850 Park Ave., this morning, when a water main burst on Madison Ave. between 77th and 78th St., flooded the cellar of Buddy’s house with 9 inches of water, and put the apartment’s four elevators out of commission. Here, Buddy, who can’t get out because the street is flooded, and can’t get up, because the elevators aren’t running, seeks solace among the milk bottles in the apartment house elevator. The residents of the 12-story building who wanted milk on their cereal this morning had to walk to the lobby to get it.” (Typed caption adhered to verso.)

Weegee (1899-1968), So It’s Raining Cats and Dogs in Rivington St., All in One Litter, July 18, 1940 (16761.1993)

On July 18, 1940, PM published Weegee’s photograph of five kittens and a pair of puppies in glasses on a table in a restaurant in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. At exactly a month old, PM itself was a puppy of a paper. Presumably Weegee made this photo of a clowder and kindle, a clutter of cute kittens, and a pair of puppers on July 17th, only a few days before he made the epochal and monumental “Crowd at Coney Island, Temperature 89 degrees… They Came Early, and Stayed Late” photograph.

PM, July 18, 1940. p. 13

So It’s Raining Cats and Dogs in Rivington St., All in One Litter
Talk is cheap, interesting, and comes in several languages on crowded Rivington St., on the lower East Side. Today much of it was about Mary, the cat in Mike Guerrera’s Oriental restaurant at No. 56 (Scungilli, Capozzelle, steaks and chops). The cat Mary was found July 7 with five kittens. Next day she was found with five kittens and two puppies, all nursing. (The pups are fourth and fifth from left, above.) East Siders figure it this way: The cat had kittens and pups; or there’s something funny going on. They keep calling up Ripley. PM, July 18, 1940

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Cherry Blossoms Cherry Blossoms

Sakura Sakura (Cherry Blossom Cherry Blossom), Yuko Takahashi; Miyako Nagata; Kanichi Shimofusa

Kozaburo Tamamura [1856-], [Travel album of Japan], ca. 1880–90 (228.1990)

Don’t Tie the Pony to the Cherry Tree, Tamaki Miura, 1917

“Uyeno Tea House”

A teahouse in Ueno Park during the cherry blossom season. This tea house is located by Shinobazu Pond. Many calligraphers and novelists assembled at this house. In the right corner can be seen a bicycle in the newest style of the time and a man dressed in Western clothes. oldphoto.lb.nagasaki-u.ac.jp

“Daibutsu of Kamakura.”

“Lotus Flowers at Kamakura.”

…A wooden torii gate is visible on the right. The red building on the left is Wakamiya, indicating that the building above it is the Jogu cloister. The riding trail said to have surrounded the pond during the Meiji Period is not evident in this photograph. This photograph is included in the “Tamamura Kozaburo Collection.” The date of the photograph is not known. oldphoto.lb.nagasaki-u.ac.jp

My Cherry Blossom, Erdody’s Hotel Pennsylvania Orchestra; Ted. Snyder, 1921

“Dainichido Garden at Nikko”

Cherry Blossoms on Capitol Hill, Vaughn Monroe and his Orchestra; Carl Sigman; Joseph Meyer; Vaughn Monroe, 1941

“Wisteria vine.”

“This is the smaller Taiko-bashi (Sori-bashi) located in front of the Romon (Sakura Gate) on the right. The Wisteria Festival of Kameido Tenjin Shrine held from mid-April to mid-May every year is a harbinger of summer. There are many other events held at the shrine. The parents of young children release carp into Shinji Pond during the Shichi-Go-San Festival on November 15 to pray for the healthy growth of their children.
Masaoka Shiki wrote the haiku poem: “Sori-bashi, the wisteria are purple and carp red.” oldphoto.lb.nagasaki-u.ac.jp

Kozaburo Tamamura [1856-], [Travel album of Japan], ca. 1880–90 (228.1990)

Cherry Blossom, Varetta Dillard; The Four Students; John Davenport, 1956

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Puppies, puppies, puppies…

Martin Munkácsi (1898-1963), [Dog market, England], 1932 (2007.110.45)

Martin Munkácsi (1898-1963), [Dog market, England], 1932 (2007.110.49)

Martin Munkácsi (1898-1963), [Dog market, England], 1932 (2007.110.47)

Martin Munkácsi (1898-1963), [Dog market, England], 1932 (2007.110.57)

WESOŁY PIESEK (Jolly Puppy), Silver Bell Orchestra; B. Witkowski; Bernie Witkowski

Elnora Frazier (1924-2005), [Three puppies], ca. 1960 (DA.1C5.36.1)

Elnora Frazier (1924-2005), [Three puppies], ca. 1960 (DA.1C5.34.1)

Elnora Frazier (1924-2005), [Three puppies], ca. 1960 (DA.1C5.35.1)

Elnora Frazier (1924-2005), [Three puppies x Three], ca. 1960 (DA.1C5.34,35,36.1)

Our Hour (The Puppy Love Song), Spike Jones and his City Slickers; Hoffman; 1947

Vu et Lu, June 3, 1937 (2011.7.3)

Happy National Puppy Day!

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Stay At Home (Don’t Do This)

Weegee (1899-1968), [Afternoon crowd at Coney Island, Brooklyn], July 21, 1940, (Weegee Portfolio 4)

PM, July 22, 1940, pp 16-17

Yesterday at Coney Island… Temperature 89… They Came Early, Stayed Late

Cameraman Reports On Lost Kids, Parking Troubles

Weegee, whose real name is Arthur Fellig, took this picture at four in the afternoon. The temperature was 89 degrees. The Coney Island Chamber of Commerce guessed there were 1,000,000 people. Nobody really knows.
Herewith is Weegee’s own story of his visit to Coney Island.

Saturday was very hot. So I figured Sunday ought to be a good day to make crowd shots at Coney Island. I arrived at the beach at Coney at 4 a.m., Sunday. The beach was crowded mostly with young couples lying on the beach covered with blankets. I took pictures of them. When I asked them their names they all said, “It’s just me and the wife,” as they pointed to the girl on the sand. I went back to the City.

I came back Sunday afternoon. I knew the rush was on when I looked for a parking lot to leave my car. All of them were full and were charging $1 to park the car. That was too much, considering that the usual price for parking on Sunday is 15 to 25 cents.

All the blocks with the “No parking in this block” signs were filled up. I then started to look for a fire hydrant to park. They were filled up, too. After riding round for a half hour I finally parked in a fire zone just off the Boardwalk. I guess no one else thought of that spot.

“This Is Too Much!”

After making the crowd shot I went into the “Cage,” a little shack underneath the Boardwalk with the door and windows covered with chicken wire cooping. That’s where all the lost kids are brought in after they’re found on the beach. The place is run like a cafeteria. Parents come in and look around to see their lost kids and then take them home. Sunday the place was in an uproar.

The policewoman was excited and said to me: “I may be a policewoman, and I have a heart. But this is too much. One hundred and fifty lost kids is too much. I haven’t eaten yet. I’m going to close up this place.”

No Play Wanted

On the way back to the city I was hailed by a female hitch hiker. “I’ve been waiting 15 minutes for a Surf Ave. street car,” she told me as she stepped into my car. I left her off at her destination. She wanted to go home and change into a play suit and ride with me. But I told her I had too much work to do and not enough time to play.

When I got back to the city I took a shower and finished my pictures. While I was at Coney I had two kosher frankfurters and two beers at a Jewish delicatessen on the Boardwalk. Later on for a chaser I had five more beers, a malted milk, two root beers, three Coca Colas and two glasses of buttermilk. And five cigars, costing 19 cents.
PM, July 22, 1940, p. 16.

Weegee (1899-1968), Naked City, (1945)

A subtle variant of the photo, made seconds before or after, the one in PM, is in the recently republished (by Damiani and ICP) Naked City…. and is the well-known version above.

Weegee (1899-1968), Weegee’s New York, Screenshot, 1948 (A million peeps on the beach [on] of a summer afternoon, is normal…)

Weegee's New York, (The Travelogue with a Heart), photographed by Weegee, 1948.

On this Sunday afternoon in 2020, please enjoy Weegee’s photo of the one million people, on a Sunday afternoon on the beach at Coney Island and his colorful, high-caloric (quick nutritional calculation: 3680 calories consumed) story. The photo (suddenly seems like a relic of the not-too-distant past before self-isolation, self-quarantine, and social distancing became the new normal; makes me slightly anxious) was first published exactly seventy nine years and eight months ago… Please enjoy his innovative and humorous film Weegee’s New York (1948)… and stay at home.

More videos can be seen on ICP’s Vimeo channel… and stay at home.

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