Monthly Archives: July 2010

Centennial of Gerda Taro’s Birth, August 1, 1910

Unidentified Photographer, [Gerda Taro, Guadalajara, Spain], 1937 Gerda Taro, [Republican militiawoman training on the beach, outside Barcelona], August 1936 Gerda Taro, [Republican soldier playing the bugle, Valencia, Spain], March 1937 Gerda Taro, [Two Republican soldiers with a soldier on a … Continue reading

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The Carringtons Visit Watch Hill

F. J. Trowbridge, [Nannie Carrington, Harrison Carrington, Miss Taylor], ca. 1895 Nannette Carrington (1887–1977) and Alexander Harrison Carrington (1888–1993) were the children of Alexander and Manzella Carrington of Norwich, Connecticut. They lived in a middle-class neighborhood surrounded by Irish immigrants … Continue reading

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Uncle Sam’s Burden

B.L. Singley, Keystone View Company, The Philippines, Porto Rico, and Cuba—Uncle Sam’s Burden, 1899 Introduced during the President’s State of the Union address in 1823, the Monroe Doctrine states that the American continents, by the free and independent condition which they have … Continue reading

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In Praise of Polaroid

Lucas Samaras, Photo-Transformation, August 17, 1976 Andy Warhol, Debbie Harry, 1980 Due to the U.S. Bankruptcy Court of Minnesota’s ruling against Polaroid in 2009, the company had to sell part of its extensive photography collection to meet its creditors’ monetary demands. The … Continue reading

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Changing Brooklyn

Berenice Abbott, Warehouse (Yuban), Water and Dock Streets, Brooklyn, New York, May 22, 1936 Located in the part of Brooklyn that is now called DUMBO, the Empire Stores warehouse once housed the Yuban Coffee Company, importers of coffee from South … Continue reading

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Henri Cartier-Bresson or W. Eugene Smith?

Henri Cartier-Bresson, Truman Capote, 1947 W. Eugene Smith, British actor, playwright, and composer Noel Coward, 1949 Henri Cartier-Bresson, Eunuch of the imperial court of the last dynasty, Peking, 1949 W. Eugene Smith, [Newborn infant being presented to Alice Cooper], 1951 … Continue reading

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Celebrate National Ice Cream Month!

Weegee, Photographer Weegee Disguised as an Ice Cream Peddler in Theater, ca. 1943 Henri Cartier-Bresson, Dressed-up women, with popular flower print patterns, eat ice cream, a Russian custom, during an intermission at the Moscow circus, 1954 Mike Disfarmer, [Unidentified Woman … Continue reading

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A Really Greater New York

A Really Greater New York As Proposed by Dr. T. Kennard Thomson 1st. – Construct a New East River from Flushing to Jamaica Bays. 2nd. – Construct a Dam at Hell Gate. 3rd. – Start reclaiming the East River from … Continue reading

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14 juillet

Regards, July 9, 1936 Regards, photo by Chim, Henri Barbusse le 14 Juillet de l’an dernier, July 9, 1936, Vu, July 9, 1930 Vu, July 9, 1930 Henri Cartier-Bresson, Bastille Day, Paris, ca. 1936

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Petroleum People in Pennsylvania, ca. 1870s

Unidentified Photographer, [Oil Fields, Pennsylvania], ca. 1870s Petroleum people posing presciently, not pedestrianly, on period transportation (a horse, of course) in Pennsylvania (a link to Oil City, PA, “a special blend of people”). According to the The Paleontological Research Institution, … Continue reading

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