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Archive: 2015 (53 Posts)

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Sampling Slices of the FSA/OWI Collection

Posted by: Barbara Orbach Natanson

Anyone who has ever dipped into the amazing Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information photograph collection has probably experienced the same sensations that a pie eating contestant must face: mouth-watering temptation combined with a sinking sense that one will soon be overwhelmed. There are many ways to explore the 175,000 black-and-white photographs in the collection. …

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Keep Mum: WPA Posters Do the Talking

Posted by: Kristi Finefield

Artists working for the Federal Art Project (FAP), a part of the Work Projects Administration (WPA), created thousands of posters between 1936 and 1943. The posters took on all manner of topics: public health and safety, cultural events and exhibitions, education, tourism, and wartime warnings, to name a few. Only a small percentage of those …

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Fathers and Daughters

Posted by: Jeff Bridgers

The instinctual bond between father and daughter is so fundamental that it must be writ deep within us at the level of blood and bone. Below are five photographic portrayals of a father and daughter: three by John Vachon and two by Russell Lee. Four of the five were shot in 1939 during each man’s work for the Farm Security …

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Pictures to Go: Motorsickles

Posted by: Jeff Bridgers

I don’t want a pickle Just want to ride on my motorsickle And I don’t want a tickle ‘Cause I’d rather ride on my motorsickle — Arlo Guthrie, “The Motorcycle Song” Arlo Guthrie’s simple lyrics sum up the appeal of motorcycles which goes far beyond a vehicle for getting from place to place. Both the experience …

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D-Day 1944: America Watched and Waited

Posted by: Kristi Finefield

People today have instant access to news from all over the world through the Internet, often right in the palm of their hand on a smartphone. A series of photographs taken on D-Day in 1944 show that people looked up to get the news in Times Square, rather than down at their electronic devices. The …

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From Decoration Day to Memorial Day

Posted by: Barbara Orbach Natanson

The following is a guest post by Jan Grenci, Reference Specialist, Prints and Photographs Division Memorial Day is now observed on the last Monday in May to honor all those who have died in service while defending the United States. But the name, meaning and timing of this special day have changed over the years. …

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Mary Cassatt’s Jeannette and her Mother Seated on a Sofa

Posted by: Jeff Bridgers

Mary Cassatt’s 1901 print Jeannette and her Mother Seated on a Sofa (below, left) captures a timeless moment between mother and child: In this tranquil scene, free of visual distraction or clutter, Jeannette sits securely in her mother’s lap, the mother’s arms surrounding her daughter in a gentle embrace, the two gazing lovingly, eyes fixed upon …