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Archive: August 2013 (6 Posts)

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Happy 150th Birthday to Russian Empire Photographer Sergei M. Prokudin-Gorskii!

Posted by: Barbara Orbach Natanson

The following is a guest post by Helena Zinkham, Chief, Prints & Photographs Division. August 30, 2013 marks the 150th birthday for the master of early color photography in Russia–Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii (1863-1944). The Prokudin-Gorskii Collection at the Library of Congress features color photographic surveys of the vast Russian Empire made primarily between 1909 and …

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Creating “A Day Like No Other”: New Exhibition for March on Washington

Posted by: Barbara Orbach Natanson

The following is a guest post by Helena Zinkham, Chief, Prints & Photographs Division. Some 250,000 people, both white and black, crowded onto the National Mall on August 28, 1963, to demand civil rights for African Americans. It was the largest demonstration the city had seen—The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. The concluding …

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March on Washington, 1963: Many New Photographs Digitized

Posted by: Jeff Bridgers

The following is a guest post by Helena Zinkham, Chief, Prints & Photographs Division. The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom was a landmark Civil Rights demonstration held on August 28, 1963 in Washington, DC. We have photographs in many collections that document this famous event. But the U.S. News & World Report Collection …

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Caught Our Eyes: Simple Gifts (that Keep on Giving)

Posted by: Barbara Orbach Natanson

Reference staff member Elizabeth Terry Rose, exercising both her keen eye and her artistic sensibility, offered her reflections upon seeing this photo by Samuel Kravitt highlighting Shaker design. “Sewing table and chair caught my eye for its timeless tidiness, its dignified peace, its light.  It is a Kravitt. It is a Wyeth, a Vermeer.  An invitation.” …

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Summer Road Trip: From Sea to Shining Sea

Posted by: Kristi Finefield

The summer road trip is a rite of passage for many Americans. And the ultimate road trip is the coast-to-coast journey. Today‚Äôs driver has many tools to make the trip easier: GPS systems, road maps, and miles of interstate highway. Between 24 hour gas stations, fast food and cell phones, we are never far from …

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Caught Our Eyes: A Fish Tale?

Posted by: Barbara Orbach Natanson

Cataloger Greg Marcangelo turned up this image–a record catch from an August fishing expedition nearly 110 years ago. Greg notes, “As a Pisces, I’m always on the lookout for nice pictures of fish.  But this – is it even real??  A quick internet search confirms that Giant Sea Bass may reach these proportions!” Learn more: …