In about 1920, a groundhog at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. was photographed poking his head out of his manmade burrow:
Ground hog. Photo by National Photo Company, circa 1920. //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/npcc.01058
There is no specific month and day given for this photo, but I see some icicles at the top of the image and perhaps snow in the foreground. So, I like to think this photo was taken on Groundhog Day and our friend is considering whether to come out and see if he has a shadow.
Another photo of this groundhog in the National Photo Company Collection is below:
Ground hog. Photo by National Photo Company, circa 1920. //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/npcc.01059
The original negative numbers for these two photos suggest this one was shot soon after the first. So, it’s not just my bias as a fan of winter weather that makes me think this groundhog saw his shadow and is heading back into his burrow to further hibernate while we enjoy (or suffer through, depending on your perspective) another six weeks of winter!
This is my favorite photo from the Flickr album Toni Frissell Dog Photography Part One: It’s not my favorite because of the red Ford Country Sedan station wagon. It’s not my favorite because of the Mainbocher coat worn by C.Z. Guest. It’s my favorite because of the doggy in the window if you will. The […]
If you have read any of my earlier blogs, you know that I like to point out the connections between items from different collections housed in the Prints & Photographs Division. Keep reading to see what links a travel poster and a stereograph. This gorgeous travel poster of Rome by Roger Broders was published in […]
On February 1, 2023, American architect Victor A. Lundy will turn 100 years old. We will mark this milestone in several ways, so please read on for how you can join in and learn more about this mid-century designer. The Lundy Archive, held by the Prints & Photographs Division, numbers more than 56,000 items, and […]
Who could resist this purrfect profile? This unassuming – and apparently quite tolerant – tabby cat appears in an exhibit now at the Library of Congress: Not an Ostrich: & Other Images from America’s Library. The exhibit spans the history of photography from 1839 to modern times, as found in the Library’s collections. In this […]
As you celebrate the holiday season with your loved ones, we share a message as timeless as it was when posted outside the White House nearly sixty years ago, in December of 1963: Peace on Earth to Men of Goodwill. Learn More: Enjoy some other snowy scenes in Washington, D.C. from previous Picture This posts: […]
I recently came across this photograph when perusing some images from the Carol M. Highsmith Collection, and, hailing from the American West, I was cheered by its familiar landscape – not to mention the symmetry of the rainbow. As the title of the image indicates, the hint of a second rainbow is visible above the […]
Take a look at this colorful poster, designed by Robert E. Lee, a California-born painter and commercial artist who lived in New York City, and published in 1929. The company advertised on this poster, the Railway Express Agency (REA), was an American package delivery service. Operating between 1918 and 1975, they used railroads as one […]
Millions of Americans will hit the road this week to spend Thanksgiving with friends and family in other parts of the country. Some will be lucky enough to travel down byways and scenic routes to reach their destination. Others will have to be patient as they slog through heavy highway traffic with thousands of other […]
The following is an interview with Naja Morris, the Prints & Photographs Division’s current Archives, History and Heritage Advanced (AHHA) intern. Melissa: Can you tell us a little bit about your background and how you came to intern in the Prints & Photographs Division? Naja: I went to Mississippi State University as an undergraduate where […]