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“And what is reason? and what is love? and what is life?”

George Frank Edgar Pearsall, [Walt Whitman], September 1872 (24.2004) Walt Whitman, Song of the Exposition, 5. You shall see hands at work at all the old processes and all the new ones, You shall see the various grains and how … Continue reading

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Katharine Hepburn (Photos by Munkácsi)

Martin Munkácsi, [Katharine Hepburn, Hartford], 1935 (2007.110.1395) Harper’s Bazaar, February 1935, pp. 38-39 (photo by Martin Munkácsi) Katharine Hepburn takes off from her native Hartford in gray gabardine trousers, gray flannel coat, white wool scarf. She likes this get-up for … Continue reading

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Audrey Hepburn (“Gigi”)

George Karger, [Audrey Hepburn], 4×5 negatives, ca. 1951 Audrey Hepburn was born 90 years ago today. To commemorate this day we present “never seen before” portraits of Audrey Hepburn. The photographer George Karger (1902-1973) made about seventeen photos of Audrey … Continue reading

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“A Mirror of Reality”

Unidentified Photographer, [Backs of Eight Unidentified Women with Long Hair], Image (Sheeting): 3 1/2 x 2 1/2 in. (8.9 x 6.4 cm), Tintype, ca. 1880 (2413.2005) Unidentified photographer, Ida Cushman as “The Giggler”, Alice Cushman as Queen Elizabeth, Julie Hood … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday Robert Cornelius

Robert Cornelius, [Unidentified man], ca. 1839 (797.2000) Credited with taking the first surviving daguerreian portrait in the U.S. (probably October, 1839), Cornelius, of Philadelphia, Pa., was first approached by Joseph Saxton to make daguerreotype plates. He was was intrigued with … Continue reading

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“A Faded Photograph”

Unidentified Photographer, [Unidentified woman standing with an umbrella], ca. 1920 (DA.1B16.7) Unidentified Photographer, [Unidentified woman], ca. 1930 (1251.1990) Whispering Jack Smith, A Faded Photograph, by Charles Kenny; Nick Kenny; Richard Howard; Whispering Jack Smith; September 13, 1940 It’s only a … Continue reading

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Jackie Robinson!

Brownie McGhee, Robbie – Doby Boogie, May 1948 (archive.org) Nina Leen, [Brooklyn Dodger baseball star Jackie Robinson holding his young son Jackie Jr. on his lap as he sits with his wife Rachel on front steps of their home], July … Continue reading

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