Tag Archives: Cowin Collection

Crazy Costumes

For some people Halloween isn’t the only time of year to get dressed up, actors, mascots and everyday folks put on costumes all year round.  James VanDerZee, Dress Rehearsal, 1936, 874.1990 This photo by James VanDerZee depicts an actor dressed in Shakespearean garb, … Continue reading

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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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