New for You: Presidential Campaign Posters Book

The following is a guest post by Helena Zinkham, Chief, Prints & Photographs Division. The creative staff members in the Library of Congress Publishing Office produce fascinating new books each year by digging deeply into our remarkable collections, aided by Prints & Photographs Division staff. The recently issued volume, Presidential Campaign Posters from the Library […]

From Player Portraits to Baseball Cards

With the World Series just around the bend, baseball has been on my mind. In 1910, photographer Paul Thompson copyrighted a series of photographic portraits he had taken of baseball players. The portraits are simple straight-on head-and-shoulders shots with the players gazing directly back at the camera. These same portraits would serve as the basis […]

A Yak by Any Other Name: Meet the Thesaurus for Graphic Materials

Fishbowls, Whittling, Email, and Ice cream parlors.  What could those four terms possibly have in common?  It turns out they are all recent additions to the Thesaurus for Graphic Materials (TGM). Which naturally leads to the question:  What is the Thesaurus for Graphic Materials? Briefly, TGM is a tool for indexing visual materials, both by […]

The National Book Festival – please join us!

The Prints & Photographs Division will be on hand at this weekend’s National Book Festival (Sept. 22-23).  If you’re planning on attending, please look for us in the LC Pavilion. Our focus will be “reading photographs,” and we’re inviting visitors to participate in a photo captioning game called “What’s My Title?” We’ll be displaying a […]

Child Labor Photos — What Do Children See?

Okay.  I admit it.  I put my children to work this summer. Recently, when doldrums threatened, I asked them to take a look at the Library’s National Child Labor Committee (NCLC) photographs online, choose some they found of interest, and tell me why. Working as an “investigative photographer” for the NCLC between 1908 and 1924, […]

It Happens Every Four Years!

What summer event filled with spectacle and circumstance, speeches and ovations, and capped by a balloon drop happens every four years? No, it’s not the Olympic Games; it’s political party convention time! These quadrennial events are the formal nominating process for the presidential and vice-presidential candidates. In addition to the serious work of nailing down […]