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Caught Our Eyes: A Frosty Morning

Posted by: Kristi Finefield

As I made my way to work in temperatures hovering near zero degrees Fahrenheit, it was hard to think of anything except staying warm. Millions of Americans were bundled up like me, experiencing this week’s shock of unusual Arctic cold. Once I thawed out and could start to think of other things, I recalled this …

Feast Your Eyes: Filling the Holiday Platter

Posted by: Barbara Orbach Natanson

Tomorrow many households in the U.S. will be celebrating the Thanksgiving holiday. Holidays–particularly food-centered ones–conjure up many personal associations. They also tend to inspire evocative pictures. Turkey in many shapes and forms predominate in the array of images that turn up when you search the Prints & Photographs Online Catalog for “Thanksgiving.” But my family …

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

Sequoyah: A Man of Letters

Posted by: Kristi Finefield

The gentleman with the long pipe and the colorful garments (right) points to a document. What is it? Take a closer look (below). It does not appear to be a letter or excerpt from a text. Some letters are recognizable as part of the Roman alphabet: I can see an A, an H, a J, …

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

Theodore Roosevelt–A Bully Birthday!

Posted by: Barbara Orbach Natanson

As we near Theodore Roosevelt’s birthday on Oct. 27th, we have ongoing cause for celebration.  A project to broaden access to images relating to Roosevelt’s life and times is putting new digital images and descriptions online each week. Last year, the project brought us illustrations from Puck magazine, including this visual jab at  Roosevelt’s positive …

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Caught Our Eyes: Simple Gifts (that Keep on Giving)

Posted by: Barbara Orbach Natanson

Reference staff member Elizabeth Terry Rose, exercising both her keen eye and her artistic sensibility, offered her reflections upon seeing this photo by Samuel Kravitt highlighting Shaker design. “Sewing table and chair caught my eye for its timeless tidiness, its dignified peace, its light.  It is a Kravitt. It is a Wyeth, a Vermeer.  An invitation.” …

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

Summer Road Trip: From Sea to Shining Sea

Posted by: Kristi Finefield

The summer road trip is a rite of passage for many Americans. And the ultimate road trip is the coast-to-coast journey. Today’s driver has many tools to make the trip easier: GPS systems, road maps, and miles of interstate highway. Between 24 hour gas stations, fast food and cell phones, we are never far from …

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

A Summer Holiday in the Isle of Wight

Posted by: Jeff Bridgers

Every summer we can rent a cottage, in the Isle of Wight, if it’s not too dear –“When I’m Sixty-Four,” John Lennon & Paul McCartney Since we’re in the midst of Washington, D.C.’s first genuine heat wave this summer, my mind turns to imagining cooler climes.  And, naturally, these daydreams often involve cooling waters. Real travel is not in …