Monthly Archives: March 2020

A Time Travelling Magical Megalethoscope View of the Palace of Versailles

Carlo Ponti (1823-1893) (attributed), Palais et place d’armes, Versailles, 1870s (2012.69.2) (Albumen print, Megalethoscope slide) The Megalethoscope was patented in in the early 1860s by the Swiss born optician and photographer Carlo Ponti (1823-1893). Ponti spent the last forty years … Continue reading

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“Gonna Find Me a Bluebird”

Unidentified photographer, [Photo album of musicians and fans], 1959, (2015.5.1) Gonna Find Me a Bluebird, Marvin Rainwater, 1957. Gonna Find Me a Bluebird by Marvin Rainwater Gonna find me a bluebird Let him sing me a song ‘Cause my heart’s … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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