Take Those Comics Seriously!

Comics and cartoons are well-loved because they’re funny.  Most of us think of them as a break in the monotony of a working day, a light moment, a chuckle over our morning coffee. But for some, mirth is money.  Those people tend to take their comics more seriously. Take, for example, the reaction to “The […]

Reverberating Still

Half a century ago, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave motion to a powerful, peaceful movement – and his words remain deeply moving today. Here, from the Library’s photographic collections, is a photo of Dr. King shortly before he traveled with members of his family to Oslo, Norway, where in December of 1964 he received […]

3-D Viewing for Civil War Photos

This guest post is by Photography Curator Carol Johnson of the Library of Congress. The sesquicentennial of the Civil War coincides with renewed interest in 3-D images for movies, cameras, and television. Although 3-D technology seems new, stereo photography first became popular around the time of the Civil War. In fact, many Civil War photographs […]

He Shall Not Be Forgotten

Working-class men and women, the poor, the destitute – all individuals whom society can sometimes take for granted – held a special place for photographer Milton Rogovin. He made it his life’s work to really see them through his lens and document the humanity of those he called “the forgotten ones.” Just a few weeks […]

Mysterious Faces, Gazing Across Time

A forlorn-looking girl in a mourning dress holds a picture of her late father.  An impossibly young soldier, probably prepubescent, stands at attention with his bayoneted musket.  An African-American in Union uniform sits stoically with his wife and two daughters.  A pair of uniformed comrades pose comically, each holding a cigar in the other’s mouth. […]

Gateway to Knowledge Guest Post #7

This is the seventh in a series of guest posts by Abigail Van Gelder, who with her husband, Josh, is journeying across the country on the Library’s “Gateway to Knowledge” traveling exhibition: We knew that Oberlin, OH was going to be a special event.  Oberlin College is the alma mater of Emily Rapoport—who, with her […]

Gateway to Knowledge Guest Post #5.1

This is one of a series of guest posts by Abigail Van Gelder, who with her husband, Josh, is journeying across the country on the Library’s “Gateway to Knowledge” traveling exhibition: Congressman Charlie Wilson from Ohio stopped by to welcome guests to the Gateway To Knowledge exhibit on its first day in Marietta; he was joined […]