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The Family Portrait

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Memorial Day

I’m not an American citizen and, even though there hasn’t been a war since World War II in my country, I know what war means. Although I’ve never be a soldier, I often ask myself how much a soldier should … Continue reading

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Nora Holt

Unidentified Photographer, [Nora Douglas Holt], ca. 1930 (1544.1990) During the roaring 1920s, Nora Holt was a scandalous socialite and party girl, as exemplified by her five marriages and countless lovers. She once walked down the aisle with a black eye … Continue reading

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Pocket Photographs: The Carte-de-Visite Revisited

Abraham Bogardus, Jubilee Singers, ca. 1876 Mathew B. Brady; published by E. & H.T. Anthony and Co., [Edwin Booth and his daughter Edwina], 1865 Broadbent & Phillips, [Unidentified Union Soldier], ca. 1862-65 Charles Eisenmann, The Original Eliophobus Family: Rudolph Lucasie, … Continue reading

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These children were turned out of the St. Lawrence Hotel, Chestnut St., Philadelphia, on account of Color

James Earle McClees, These children were turned out of the St. Lawrence Hotel, Chestnut St., Philadelphia, on account of Color, 1863 During the Civil War, schools for freedmen, ex-slaves, and their children were set up in many areas of the … Continue reading

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Calhoun School Album

Frances Benjamin Johnson (attributed), Class in Manual Drawing, ca. 1902 Frances Benjamin Johnson (attributed), Class at Work, ca. 1902 Frances Benjamin Johnson (attributed), Lesson in the laundry, ca. 1902 Frances Benjamin Johnson (attributed), Cooking Lesson, ca. 1902 This selection of … Continue reading

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Rev. William O. Swint in Harlem

Unidentified Photographer, [Rev. William O. Swint], ca. 1935 William O. Swint, Sr. (1896–1983), stands next to the fruit cart he operated in Harlem after he had to give up his store during the Depression. According to a note his wife … Continue reading

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Gum, an Agent to Share or Solitaire

I was watching this vintage Beech-Nut gum commercial from the 1950s that shows two men discovering a treasure chest of gum, and it reminds me how much gum is an agent of innovation, with new things to discover about it … Continue reading

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In Celebration of the US Open 2010 Finals

Martin Munkacsi, [Delores del Rio with tennis racket], 1936 Martin Munkacsi, [Tennis player Gottfried Freiherr von Cramm with his wife Elisabeth], ca. 1930 Weegee, [Woman with tennis racket at bus stop], ca. 1941 Walter Baker, [Unidentified Man with Tennis Racket], … Continue reading

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Alfred Jackson

Thuss Studio (William Gustav Thuss and Andrew Joseph Thuss), [Alfred Jackson], ca. 1889 The sitter is “Uncle Alfred,” one of Andrew Jackson’s slaves at the Hermitage outside of Nashville. Alfred Jackson (ca. 1812–1901), the head coachman, was the son of … Continue reading

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