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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 …

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Seasonal Offerings: A New Japanese Prints Flickr Album and Special Sakura Display

Posted by: Jeff Bridgers

The following is a guest post by Katherine Blood, Curator of Fine Prints, and Mari Nakahara, Curator of Architecture, Design, and Engineering, Prints & Photographs Division: As Washington’s beloved cherry trees are in full bloom, we are inspired to share an assortment of seasonal-themed images from the Library’s extensive holdings of Japanese woodblock prints. In Japanese …

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A Tale of Two Houses and the U.S. Civil War

Posted by: Kristi Finefield

In these photographs, we see two houses, both set in rural Virginia, in the mid-nineteenth century. These were the homes, a few years apart, of a retired officer of the Virginia militia named Wilmer McLean and his family. At first glance, the houses and these facts are unremarkable. But the history these walls witnessed, and …

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Pictures to Go: Up in the Air

Posted by: Kristi Finefield

My fascination with hot air balloons dates back to childhood, and the first time I saw one in the movie The Wizard of Oz. I’m not sure if it was because of my youth or because the balloon belonged to the “Wizard of Oz,” but it seemed pretty magical to me that there existed balloons …

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Pictures to Go: Sleeping Car Quarters and Sleeping Car Porters

Posted by: Barbara Orbach Natanson

One of the wonders of modern transportation that advertisers at the turn of the twentieth century communicated through pictures was the compact luxury of railroad sleeping cars, stressing how they offered the comforts of home and more.​ Often shown as a side feature are the porters who tended to passengers’ needs. African-American sleeping car porters, …

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

Sherman Spares Savannah

Posted by: Jeff Bridgers

I beg to present you a Christmas Gift, the City of Savannah . . .                       — General Sherman to President Lincoln, telegram, December 22, 1864 One hundred fifty years ago in December 1864, General William T. Sherman and his troops completed their “March to …