By Elizabeth Fox on October 3, 2012
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 […]
By Sarah Storti on September 26, 2012
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!
By Dana Wheeles on September 11, 2012
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 […]
By Dana Wheeles on August 28, 2012
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 […]
By Dana Wheeles on August 22, 2012
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)
By Dana Wheeles on July 16, 2012
This gorgeous binding was created by Victor Champs (1844-1912) for a late nineteenth-century edition of Denis Diderot’s Jacques le fataliste et son maître (originally published in (1796 ). To see more bindings from the nineteenth century, browse this saved search of the New York Public Library’s William Augustus Spencer collection.
By Dana Wheeles on July 10, 2012
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 […]
By heatherbowlby on February 13, 2012
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.
By heatherbowlby on November 14, 2011
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)
By heatherbowlby on October 5, 2011
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 […]