Ringing in the New Year with a glass of champagne? Just as many holidays are associated with certain festive foods, New Year’s Eve has long seen many folks around the world enjoying a taste of that fizzy drink.
This 1904 photo suggests one way to top off a bottle of bubbly, but I think I’ll stick with pouring the contents in a glass and raising it in hopes of a happy healthy New Year for all!
Model posed wearing black pressed pleats, top hat, and ballet shoes, standing tip-toe on champagne bottle. Photo copyrighted by Ye Rose Studio, 1904. //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3b03473
Ship launching in Portland, Maine. Eight vessels slid into the water in a record breaking launching August 16, 1942, at a large New England shipyard. Christening five cargo-carrying ships built for Britain at the mass launching. Photo by Albert Freeman, August 1942. //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/fsa.8b07490
- Breaking a bottle across the bow during a ship christening is another long-standing tradition which often involves a bottle of champagne. The ladies to the right are at the ready to christen five ships in a mass launch during World War II.
- Explore the varied results of a search for champagne in the Prints and Photographs Online Catalog. Amongst the images are an assortment of advertisements, posters, photos of champagne being made, stored and enjoyed, as well as photos of the Champagne region in France.
- Enjoy images related to New Year’s Eve as you welcome 2014!
Who can appreciate clear skies more than Santa? This 1927 Harris & Ewing photograph documents Santa receiving rather than giving: he gets the “all clear” to navigate the skies on Christmas Eve, complete with a pilot’s license. While a pilot’s license may not be on everyone’s wish list, anyone who has worked with historical photographs […]
Pictures help tell stories. Two new books published by the Library of Congress are full of hundreds of prints, posters, photographs and other illustrations drawn from the Library’s vast collections. Both books look back over hundreds of years of American history and tell their respective stories with passion – and pictures. Football Nation: Four Hundred […]
The following is a guest post by Katherine Blood, Curator of Fine Prints, Prints and Photographs Division. One of the joys of working with the Library’s vast and varied collections is the potential for making extraordinary discoveries. This is one of those stories. Please help us welcome a new treasure to the Prints & Photographs […]
The following is a guest post by Helena Zinkham, Chief, Prints & Photographs Division. Which photographs do you consider “great”? I’d especially like to hear which images stand out in your mind’s eye, because I was recently challenged to define greatness for a new compilation of more than 700 fascinating pictures that represent the breadth […]
Tomorrow many households in the U.S. will be celebrating the Thanksgiving holiday. Holidays–particularly food-centered ones–conjure up many personal associations. They also tend to inspire evocative pictures. Turkey in many shapes and forms predominate in the array of images that turn up when you search the Prints & Photographs Online Catalog for “Thanksgiving.” But my family […]
It’s easy to relate to the first three words in the original caption for this photograph from the Harris & Ewing Collection: Initiative needed here. Whether it’s capturing a larger-than-life subject like the Capitol police officer below, or tackling the scanning and cataloging of thousands of fragile glass negatives, we can all agree that initiative […]
The gentleman with the long pipe and the colorful garments (right) points to a document. What is it? Take a closer look (below). It does not appear to be a letter or excerpt from a text. Some letters are recognizable as part of the Roman alphabet: I can see an A, an H, a J, […]
You may recall that last President’s Day, members of the public enjoyed a rare treat—and recorded it with their cameras. Twice each year, the Library of Congress offers a public open house in the Main Reading Room of the Thomas Jefferson Building in Washington, D.C. The space is not normally open to photographers, but cameras […]
Photographs of veterans number in the thousands within the collections of the Library of Congress. We can see the faces of veterans of wars fought in foreign lands and in our own backyards. We have photographs of veterans who fought in wars in the last century – and the one before that – as well […]