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New Year Greetings from Photographer Frances Benjamin Johnston

Posted by: Kristi Finefield

“Greetings and Hearty Good Wishes for the New Year from Frances Benjamin Johnston” reads this combination business card, greeting card, and 1904 calendar from photographer Frances Benjamin Johnston. In 1904, Johnston was thirty years old, had a home photo studio in Washington, D.C., at 1332 V Street, and was already well-established in the capital city. …

Stunning Sunsets

Posted by: Kristi Finefield

Take a tour through sunsets in different time periods and countries, as well as expressed using different media such as photography and painting, all from the collections of the Prints & Photographs Division.

Late 19th-Century Fall Fashions

Posted by: Kristi Finefield

See chromolithographic illustrations of fashion designs for men, women and children through advertisements produced by dressmakers and tailoring companies from the 1880s and 1890s.

Finding Pictures: Illustrating Civil War Medicine

Posted by: Kristi Finefield

Join reference librarian Jon Eaker and associate curator of photography Michelle Smiley this Wednesday, September 20th at 3:00pm EDT for an illustrated tour through the many facets of Civil War medicine seen in the collections of the Library of Congress. Register here for the virtual presentation. This talk will be recorded, so if you cannot …

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Pluralist Printmaking: The In Unison Portfolio

Posted by: Kristi Finefield

The famously democratic art of printmaking is a perfect medium for experimentation and innovation, creative collaborations, and the fluid sharing of ideas among artists and audiences. All of these qualities shine brightly in the artist print portfolio called: In Unison: 20 Washington, DC Artists. This post celebrates the recent acquisition of this portfolio, published by the Millennium Arts Salon in 2010-2011.

The Awakening Photomechanical print published by Puck Publishing Corporation, 1915, February 20. http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/ds.12369

Women in History

Posted by: Kristi Finefield

As Women’s History Month draws to a close, I was inspired to look back at the archives of the Picture This blog and to note the many ways we have celebrated the contributions of women in history. We have written posts about women making their mark, such as Shirley Chisholm and Amelia Earhart. And we …

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Ready for Research: From Latin America and Baseball Cards to Moral Re-Armament and Historical Trademark Designs

Posted by: Kristi Finefield

The following is a guest post by Helena Zinkham, Chief, and Aliza Leventhal, Head, Technical Services, both of the Prints & Photographs Division. Every week our department organizes, houses, describes, and selectively digitizes a wide variety of pictures. Here are the highlights from the more than 125,000 items completed in the past six months. You …

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Just About “Ready for Research” 

Posted by: Kristi Finefield

The following is a guest post by Helena Zinkham, Chief, and Aliza Leventhal, Head, Technical Services, both of the Prints & Photographs Division. So many exciting collections are in the pipeline for routine access that it’s time for a look ahead. The Prints & Photographs Division works on about 20 “processing” projects at a time …