Caught Our Eyes: Tower Bridges in Boston, Massachusetts

This image, found while browsing for bridges in the Prints & Photographs Online Catalog, lured a colleague in for a closer look.  I was glancing over her shoulder, and the photograph drew me in and stirred my curiosity, too. We were struck by the clarity and beautiful geometry of the image, one of the recently […]

A May Day Pageant

In May 1941, Farm Security Administration (FSA) photographer Jack Delano captured the May Day Pageant in Siloam, a small town in Greene County, Georgia. Today, I feature two photographs of the day’s events. First, above, is a procession of girls dancing in fancy costumes, looking like a group of flitting butterflies. The second image, below, […]

Theodore Roosevelt: President, Outdoorsman

The anniversary of Earth Day this past weekend (coupled with some gorgeous spring days!) has me thinking about being outdoors more. From there my mind jumps to ideal places to explore, bringing national parks to the surface in my daydreams. Finally, the thought of national parks reminds me that Prints & Photographs has been adding […]

A Gardening Gold Mine

The following is a guest post by Helena Zinkham, Chief, Prints & Photographs Division. When house and garden historian Sam Watters first learned about Frances B. Johnston’s color garden photos from the early 1900s, he e-mailed us right away. An appointment was soon arranged to show him these fascinating but uncataloged “magic lantern slides.” We […]

Life was Made for Love and Cheer: National Poetry Month

When each heart gives out its best, Then the talk is full of zest: Light your fire and never fear, Life was made for love and cheer. (Henry Van Dyke, “Inscriptions for a Friend’s House”) When American illustrator Elizabeth Shippen Green created a watercolor painting to accompany Henry Van Dyke’s “Inscriptions for a Friend’s House,” […]

Baseball’s Spring Training

As I write this post on March 29th, Washington’s cherry trees have already bloomed . . . and gone . . . and another rite of spring has passed as well: baseball’s spring training! The 2012 Major League Baseball season commenced yesterday in Tokyo as the Seattle Mariners defeated the Oakland Athletics (who got their […]

Words About Pictures: More National Book Festival Visitor Comments

We are still savoring the comments visitors to the National Book Festival offered last fall while viewing sample photographs from our collections.  This visitor’s comments seem particularly apt as we continue to celebrate Women’s History Month. The commenter recognized the well-known subject of the photograph, educator and civil rights activist Mary McLeod Bethune. Bethune served […]