Remembering the African American Soldiers of the 9th U.S. Volunteer Infantry

The following is a guest post by Jonathan Eaker, Reference Librarian, Prints & Photographs Division. Recently while going through some military photos in our collection I came across a set of twelve undigitized group portraits showing African American soldiers at the time of the Spanish American War. The photos launched me on research about a […]

“Drawn to Purpose” Exhibition: What Viewers Are Saying

The following is a guest post by Martha H. Kennedy, Curator of Popular & Applied Graphic Arts, Prints and Photographs Division. The recently opened exhibition “Drawn to Purpose” features more than 30 works by North American women illustrators and cartoonists, spans the late 1800s to the present and includes Golden Age illustration, early comics, magazine […]

Artwork by Chicano Movement “Artivist” Mario Torero

The following is a guest post by Katherine Blood, Curator of Fine Prints, Prints & Photographs Division. When Juan Felipe Herrera was exploring Library of Congress collections to share through his Poet Laureate project El Jardín (The Garden): La Casa de Colores, he was interested to learn what we have by Chicano Movement artists. We […]

Signs of Their Times: “Jim Crow” Was Here

It shall be unlawful for a negro and white person to play together or in company with each other in any game of cards or dice, dominoes or checkers. –Birmingham, Alabama, 1930. “Jim Crow” laws systematically codified separation by race in the American South. Although it had begun some years before and persisted for some […]

Taking to the Streets: New York World-Telegram & Sun Staff Photos

Photographers working on staff for the New York World-Telegram & Sun newspaper captured many aspects of life in the decades between the 1920s and the 1960s, focusing on faces, flavors, and phenomena in New York City. The Library of Congress’ New York World-Telegram & Sun Newspaper Photograph Collection includes photographs of worldwide events that the […]

Anything to Get the Shot: Aerial Acrobatics

I’ve heard of going to great lengths, but daredevil “Jersey” Ringel goes to new heights in this photograph. Perched perilously on the top wing of a plane, Ringel appears to be shooting moving film footage, perhaps of another aerial acrobat executing a stunt. Most photographs of Newark native Ringel show him in these kinds of […]

Mary Cassatt’s Jeannette and her Mother Seated on a Sofa

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 […]

Pictures to Go: Sleeping Car Quarters and Sleeping Car Porters

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.Äč Often shown as a side feature are the porters who tended to passengers’ needs. African-American sleeping car porters, […]

Feast Your Eyes: Meatless Meatloaf Monday

The following is a  guest post for the Feast Your Eyes series by Kristen Sosinski, Processing Technician, Prints and Photographs Division. Calling all ovo-lacto vegetarians,* this blog post is for you! I recently stumbled across a photo of a baked bean loaf. Yes, that’s right, a baked bean loaf! The catalog record informed me that […]