Tag Archives: Cowin Collection

Always Thinking of You

Unidentified Photographer, [Unidentified Woman], ca. 1930 (1251.1990) Unidentified Photographer, [Unidentified Woman], ca. 1930 (1239.1990)

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“The Best of Everything”

J. Wiese, [Ada Brown], ca. 1920s (621.1990) Wishing ‘Dora’ the best of everything. Sincerely ‘Ada Brown’ Ada Scott Brown (May 1, 1890 – March 30, 1950), singer and actress, was born, raised, and died in Kansas City, Kansas.

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Paul Robeson – “A Symbol of Freedom and Human Dignity”

Vandamm Studio, Paul Robeson, 1930s (1558.1990) Paul Robeson and His Life Robeson is a college man – a graduate of Rutgers and Columbia Universities, with degrees from both institutions. He is athlete – scholar – actor – singer, and outstanding … Continue reading

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A Tintype Tuesday: Family Photo Album

Unidentified Photographer, [Tintype Album], ca. 1880 (1582.1990) These unbound tintypes were found together in what was probably a family photo album. At this moment, not much is known about the photos and album, except the obvious: the album was well-used … Continue reading

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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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