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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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Echos of Ectoplasm and Phantasmagoric Photographs…

Unidentified Ghoulographers, [Unidentified boy and ghost and Weegee sitting on a throne], ca. 1870 and 1956 (2411.2005 and 19939.1993) By this time, I had my picture taken by a street tintype photographer, and had been fascinated by the result. (I … Continue reading

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On their deathbed, no one ever said: “I wish I spent more time at the office.”

Unidentified Photographer, [Butcher], ca. 1875 (2007.54.4) Unidentified Photographer, [Iceman], ca. 1875 (2007.54.9) Unidentified Photographer, [Waiters], ca. 1880 (2007.54.7) Unidentified Photographer, [Man with Soldering Tools], ca. 1875 (2007.54.18) Unidentified Photographer, [Mechanic], ca. 1875 (2414.2005) Unidentified Photographer, [Wall Paper Hangers], ca. 1870 … Continue reading

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Circular Salome

Unidentified Photographer, [Decapitated Man with Head on a Platter], ca. 1865 (2008.81.15)

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Part Photograph, Part Painting, Part Etching, Part Sculpture

From its beginnings in 1839, photography was seen as an alternative to traditional painted portraiture. Clients who were photographed knew that their image would be considered true to life. But photography had a major disadvantage with respect to painting: it … Continue reading

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Every Girl Should Feel Like a Queen

May 24 is International Tiara Day. Bill Wood, Billye Wood, 1964 (2010.14.96) Toni Frissell, [Lady Churchill kissing granddaughter Emma on Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation day], June 2, 1953 (14.1979) Simon Nathan, Mrs. George Washington Kavanaugh, never seen at an opening … Continue reading

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Postmortem Photography

Unidentified Photographer, [Postmortem Unidentified Woman], ca. 1865 (2008.81.72) Unidentified Photographer, [Postmortem Unidentified Triplets], ca. 1875 (2008.81.51) Unidentified Photographer, [Postmortem Unidentified Girl], ca. 1940 (879.1990) Bill Wood, [Postmortem child], 1950s (printed 2008) (2010.14.28) Bill Wood, [Postmortem woman], 1950s (printed 2008) (2010.14.154) … Continue reading

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