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 June 18, 2012
Our image this week shows a view from NINES’ own home institution, the University of Virginia, where the ousting of President Teresa Sullivan last week has lead to a larger debate about the role of universities and higher education in the 21st century. This photo comes from the Pageant of America collection at the New York […]
By Dana Wheeles on May 23, 2012
In honor of all those graduating this year, this week’s commencement- themed image comes from the Willa Cather Archive at University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Willa Cather graduated from UNL in 1894, with a B.A. in English.
By Dana Wheeles on April 26, 2012
This week’s image from George Eastman House on Flickr Commons is a photo by American photographer William M. Vander Weyde (c. 1900). By the middle of the nineteenth century, ten-pin bowling had become a popular past-time thanks to the introduction of indoor lanes. Women, like the two depicted above, also enjoyed playing and even organized […]
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 Dana Wheeles on January 9, 2012
This week’s wintry photo depicts the camp of people from the Apsaroke (or Crow) nation, and comes from the Edward S. Curtis collection at the Library of Congress.
By Dana Wheeles on December 12, 2011
So often, images of the American South from the nineteenth-century show a landscape littered with wounded and scarred by battle. This photograph, from the Library of Congress Prints and Photography Division, shows the more neutral scene of women and children by a fountain in Central Park, Savannah, Georgia in 1865. It’s fun to compare the […]
By Dana Wheeles on November 8, 2011
This print from the Library of Congress is a satirical take on the Glentworth scandal of 1840, in which a tobacco inspector plotted to sway a New York election for the Whigs by illegal means. Originally, the term, “Locofoco” referred to a radical faction of the Democratic Party who were strongly in favor of workers’ […]
By alexgil on October 24, 2011
This picture almost brought tears to my eyes. I was born and raised not far from here. The scene depicted in the picture takes place by the Ozama river. The wall on the right side only survives in part. The houses in the front of the picture have long been demolished to make way for […]