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Cats are Looking at You

Posted by: Kristi Finefield

In my most recent Flickr album, Animals are Looking at You, twenty two animals are peering out at you from black-and-white photographs. The photos were initially selected by Office of War Information staff in 1945 for a display in the Photographic Section file room. The Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information Collection (FSA/OWI) was transferred …

Double Take: A Tale of Two Oxen

Posted by: Kristi Finefield

One of my favorite ways to explore the vast collections of the Prints & Photographs Division is to look for connections between multiple collections that span different time periods. Quite by accident while searching for another photo in the Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information Collection, I found this fascinating 1942 photo of a stop …

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

Mystery Gadgets Galore!

Posted by: Kristi Finefield

Attention all who are curious about gadgets, inventions, science, technology, and a good old-fashioned mystery! This week will offer two opportunities to explore mysterious thingamabobs and whatchamacallits and perhaps give them their real names. Within the Harris & Ewing Photograph Collection, we have a number of uncaptioned photographs that feature “gadgets” of unknown purpose – …

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

“What’s this Gadget?”: Solving Mystery Photos

Posted by: Kristi Finefield

We asked “What’s this Gadget?” about a set of twenty-five uncaptioned photographs from the Harris & Ewing Collection, and you definitely put on your thinking caps – or maybe your psychographs – which we learned the smiling woman below is “wearing”! This previously uncaptioned photograph shows a psychograph, a phrenology machine meant to measure the …

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

“What’s this Gadget?”: More Mystery Photos

Posted by: Kristi Finefield

If you enjoy a good mystery, get ready to start sleuthing! This Friday, we will be adding a new group of mystery photos to the Library of Congress Flickr account. A portion of the glass negatives in the Harris & Ewing Collection came to us with no captions, providing many challenging photo mysteries to solve. …

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

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 …

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 …

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

New Deal in the New Year: WPA Posters on Flickr

Posted by: Kristi Finefield

Keep Your Teeth Clean. Spare the Trees. Be Careful Near Machinery. Advice dispensed by posters created between 1936 and 1943 for the WPA continues to make good sense today. (WPA first stood for Works Progress Administration, and later Work Projects Administration.) If you are still shopping for New Year’s resolutions, maybe you can turn for …

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

Photographer in the Picture

Posted by: Kristi Finefield

Catch the man – and the woman – behind the camera in a set of photographs recently added to the Library of Congress Flickr photostream. Drawn from multiple collections and ranging from the mid-1800s to the modern day, the Photographer in the Picture set shows photographers at work, sometimes catching them only in shadow or …