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Claire Rochester. Photo by Bain News Service, 1916 April. http://hdl.loc.gov

Pictures to Go: Women and Automobiles

Posted by: Barbara Orbach Natanson

How have women and automobiles been depicted together? The image I conjured in my mind’s eye involved attractive women draped across a car in a purely decorative fashion–something like the image below, where the finer features of the bathing beauties are more on view than the Columbia Six Sport they are presumably helping to advertise. …

Effect of the marathon craze. Drawing by Charles Dana Gibson, 1909? http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cai.2a12854

In It for the Long Run

Posted by: Barbara Orbach Natanson

The following is a guest post by Lara Szypszak, Reference Technician in the Prints & Photographs Division. One of my favorite feelings is the wave of excitement and anxiety that washes over me as I join the crowds at the starting line of a race. There is something so special about joining a group of willing …

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

Bare Trees, Stubble Fields, First Frost

Posted by: Jeff Bridgers

Today, I celebrate the seasonal transition as we approach, in the Northern Hemisphere, the celestial demarcation from fall to winter, occurring in an imperceptible moment on the winter solstice. Fall’s colorful glory has passed and most hardwood trees stand bare and leafless now. Crops have been harvested and fields lie fallow or marked only with …

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 …

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

Pictures to Go: Viewing Trains as Metaphors

Posted by: Kristi Finefield

The following is a guest post by Martha H. Kennedy, Curator of Popular & Applied Graphic Arts, Prints and Photographs Division. Travel by train, or what some called the “Iron horse,” dominated other forms of transport in America for nearly fifty years. During this “golden age” of railroads that began in 1865, public fascination with …

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

A Grand Entry: Entered According to Act of Congress

Posted by: Barbara Orbach Natanson

“Entered according to the act of Congress” sounds like a grand entry, indeed, and it’s a phrase we are often asked about because it appears near the bottom of many pictures. But what does it mean? Starting in 1802, that phrase was required by U.S. Copyright law to be on works for which a rights …