Image of the Week: The Melodramatic Frankenstein

In honor of the SGA @ UVa team’s forthcoming work on Mary Shelley’s manuscript of Frankenstein, this week’s image features T. P. Cooke in the role of the monster.  His performance not only pleased Shelley herself, but also helped to set the tone for future melodramatic adaptations of her work.  This image comes to us […]

Image of the Week: [Adorable] Photography of Photography

Image of the Week: [Adorable] Photography of Photography

These precious children are using box cameras, first developed in the nineteenth century. The image comes from the Frances Benjamin Johnston collection, part of the Library of Congress’s Prints and Photographs Online Catalog. You can search for more images in the Library of Congress’s collections via NINES!

Image of the Week: Ad for Panorama of Pilgrim’s Progress

John Bunyan’s allegorical narrative, The Pilgrim’s Progress from This World to That Which Is To Come (1678) was an extraordinarily popular work of religious literature, even through the nineteenth century. This advertisement from the Library of Congress’ American Time Capsule Collection, invites visitors to see a panoramic exhibition of the famous religious narrative, and promises […]

Image of the Week: Honest old Abe on the Stump

In honor of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, this week, we’ve chosen to showcase this satirical drawing of Abraham Lincoln after his nomination as a Republican presidential candidate in 1860. According to the summary provided by the Library of Congress, The artist contrasts Lincoln’s modest posture at the Illinois Republican state convention in […]

Image of the Week: “Banner of the Third United States Colored Troops”

During the American Civil War, the United States Army assembled regiments of African-American troops to help in the fight against the Confederacy. This week’s image shows a banner from one of these regiments, with the motto, “Rather Die Freeman Than Live To Be Slaves.” (NYPL – African American History Collection)  

Image of the Week: Summer amusement

Image of the Week: Summer amusement

In this satirical print from Isaac Cruikshank (father to George Cruikshank), we see one summer’s less enjoyable aspects: the arrival of all manner of bugs. This and many other prints by the Cruikshanks can be found in the British Cartoon Prints Collection at the Library of Congress. Happy summer from all of us here at […]

Image of the Week: Valentine’s Day Delight and Vexation

This humorous pre-Civil War Valentine’s Day image comes from an 1855 issue of Harper’s Magazine. Titled “The Valentine: delight, vexation,”  the illustration depicts two extremes of emotions possible in observations of the holiday. For more images like this one, see the New York Public Library’s Mid-Madhattan Picture Collection of African-American life–1850s.

Image of the Week: The Perils of Early Aviation

  Gaston Tissandier (1843-1899) was a French chemist, meteorologist, aviation pioneer, and adventurer. Along with his brother, Albert, he edited the French scientific journal La Nature, which aimed to popularize science. Gaston was particularly interested in ballooning, and during the Franco-Prussian War in September 1870, he made a spectacular escape from besieged Paris by balloon. […]

Image of the Week: The World's Columbian Exposition (Looking South between Electricity and Mining Buildings)

Image of the Week: The World’s Columbian Exposition (Looking South between Electricity and Mining Buildings)

  The 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago was considered at the time to be an engineering marvel and one of the most significant events in U. S. cultural history. Designed by Daniel Burnham and Frederick Law Olmstead to be the prototype of their ideal city, the massive exposition (which came to be termed “The […]