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Archive: November 2015 (2 Posts)

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

Signs of Their Times: The American Way

Posted by: Jeff Bridgers

At the most fundamental level, signs are a form of visual communication conveying a message through words, graphics, or a combination of the two. Signs’ forms range from traffic signs to billboards, from handbills to the hand-lettered homemade varieties; from simple notices to subtle and sophisticated attempts to sell, promote, or persuade. Today’s blog post …

Photograph shows three women and a man holding croquet mallets in front of a nearby structure. An African American boy sits on the steps. The location, on Port Royal Island in Beaufort County South Carolina, later came to be known as Smith's plantation.

Entering the World of a Civil War Missionary: Laura M. Towne

Posted by: Jeff Bridgers

The following is a guest post by Gay Colyer, Digital Library Specialist in the Prints and Photographs Division. Not every Northerner who traveled to the Confederacy during the Civil War went to fight. Some journeyed South on a variety of educational and humanitarian missions. After Federal forces seized Beaufort, South Carolina, and the sea islands …