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Archive: April 2015 (5 Posts)

Smiling woman dressed in outdoor winter clothes holds a large, old-style camera

Seasonal Offerings: A New Japanese Prints Flickr Album and Special Sakura Display

Posted by: Jeff Bridgers

The following is a guest post by Katherine Blood, Curator of Fine Prints,¬†and Mari Nakahara, Curator of Architecture, Design, and Engineering, Prints & Photographs Division: As Washington’s beloved cherry trees are in full bloom, we are inspired to share an assortment of seasonal-themed images from the Library’s extensive holdings of Japanese woodblock prints. In Japanese …

Smiling woman dressed in outdoor winter clothes holds a large, old-style camera

A Tale of Two Houses and the U.S. Civil War

Posted by: Kristi Finefield

In these photographs, we see two houses, both set in rural Virginia, in the mid-nineteenth century. These were the homes, a few years apart, of a retired officer of the Virginia militia named Wilmer McLean and his family. At first glance, the houses and these facts are unremarkable. But the history these walls witnessed, and …

Smiling woman dressed in outdoor winter clothes holds a large, old-style camera

“What’s the Story?”: Solving Mystery Photos

Posted by: Kristi Finefield

We asked “What’s the Story?” – and the answers came rolling in! Two months ago, we added twenty photographic puzzlers from the Harris & Ewing collection to the Library’s Flickr account with the (we hoped) tantalizing headline of “Mystery Photos – What’s the Story?” The corresponding glass negatives for these photos came to us without …