Monthly Archives: May 2017

Pearl Primus

John Albert, [Pearl Primus dancing at a Fiesta Republicana, Dexter Park, Queens, New York], July 19, 1943 (2013.115.41) “In Memory of Free Spain Pearl Primus, of Café Society (downtown), entertains at a Fiesta Republicana held yesterday at Dexter Park, Queens, … Continue reading

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“A Drop in the Bucket of the Principles of Science”

Berenice Abbott (1898-1991), Parabolic Mirror, 1958 (22.1986) Parabolic mirror is created by group of small mirrors. Light from an object (the eye) is reflected by each mirror to same point (camera). This illustrates, basically, a principle used in mirrors of … Continue reading

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“LOOK PLEASANT PLEASE!”

Charles S. Peterson, Look Pleasant Please!, 1912 (2014.29.5) Miss Clara Hoorman Sleepy Eye, Minn. We have a dozen post cards here for you which you ordered way back last April. Would appreciate it if you would call for them. Very … Continue reading

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Eye See

Unidentified Photographer, [Unidentified Man], ca. 1865-70, (2014.18.1) This tintype is striking. The portrait, a recent acquisition, is large: a full-plate, 8 3/8 x 6 3/8 inches. There’s a thoughtful minimalism. The sitter is sublime, with abundant and equine facial hair. … Continue reading

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“How are you all?”

Unidentified Photographer, [W.L. Howell outside his studio. Olney, Illinois], 1910 (2014.15.2) Mrs. E. R. Pygott, Sesser, Ill. Olney, Ill, 29, 10 Dear Sister, How are you all? We are well and we would appreciate a few words from you to … Continue reading

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A Closer Look at a Mike Disfarmer Photo

Mike Disfarmer (1884-1959), [Group photo, Heber Springs, Arkansas], 1930s (2014.65.7) Disfarmer’s photos are well-known and sometimes well-used. They are small, often about 4 1/2 x 3 inches. And always portraits, usually of one or perhaps a pair of people, presumably … Continue reading

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