Memorial Day

Unidentified Photographer, [Unidentified man], ca. 1863 (2007.14.9)

Unidentified Photographer, [Private Benjamin F. Smith, 11th U.S. Infantry. (One of the Civil War’s shortest soldiers.)], ca. 1875 (78.2004)

Unidentified Photographer, [Unidentified man], ca. 1900-1910 (706.1990)

Alva, [Unidentified woman and man], 1918 (1560.1990)

This dramatic, hand-colored photograph of a Red Cross nurse bringing aid to a theatrically wounded World War I soldier may be an early movie still. City directories indicate that an Alva Studio operated in Harlem at 111 West 125th Street under the proprietorship of photographer Morris Licht. It is possible that this photograph was a product of Licht’s studio. (1560.1990)

Unidentified Photographer, [Unidentified man], ca. 1940 (565.1990)

Many local studios from the 1920s to the ’40s used elaborate backdrops including a variety of wallpaper, fabric, and coverlets. These backdrops were especially popular with itinerant photographers because they could be easily rolled up and transported. (565.1990)

Unidentified Photographer, [Unidentified men and woman], ca. 1942 (439.2005)

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