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Photo of the Day – 12/06/16 (D.C. Tenement: 1935)

Daily Photo — “D.C. Tenement: 1935”

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There is so much going on in this photo, it would take some time to soak it all in.  I am especially taken by the juxtaposition of the tenement with the dome of the US Capitol and all it symbolizes rising in the background.

Summer 1935. “Washington, D.C., alley dwelling. The clutter of filth, debris and tin cans all have highly utilitarian purposes. Many of the houses are without gas, water, or electric connections.” Note the Capitol dome at the top of the frame. Harris & Ewing glass negative

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Posted by on December 6, 2016 in Daily Photo

 

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Daily Photo — 12/02/2016 “Night Scene, Cumberland Glass Works. Bridgeton, N.J.: 1909”

Daily Photo — “Night Scene, Cumberland Glass Works. Bridgeton, N.J.: 1909”

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I love this one, not only because it is local, but because of some unique things in the photo itself.  The photo was taken at night so a longer exposure was needed to capture a good image.  As a result you capture blur from motion — most notably in the boy just to the right of center and in the center boy’s hand as he works the glass.  What you really need to do to appreciate this, however, is zoom in on the boy to the far left — notice anything interesting about his eyes?

November, 1909. “Night Scene, Cumberland Glass Works. Bridgeton, N.J.” Photo by Lewis Hine.

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Posted by on December 2, 2016 in Daily Photo

 

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Artwork of the Day – 12/01/16 (American Progress, John Gast)

Daily Artwork — “American Progress, John Gast, 1873”

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One of the most important and known pieces of American art, this painting it also known as:  Westward the Course of Destiny, Westward ho!, or Manifest Destiny.  It is rich in American symbolism at a time when westward expansion was at its height and there was a renewing sense of optimism in the nation following the Civil War.

1873 — American Progress.  Oil on Canvas.  Symbolism style. John Gast (1842-1896). Autry Museum of the American West, Los Angeles, California, USA .
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Posted by on December 1, 2016 in Daily Art

 

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Photo of the Day – 12/01/16 (Computing Division, Soldiers’ Bonus: 1924)

Daily Photo — “Computing Division, Soldiers’ Bonus: 1924”

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I love not only the snapshot of the office at work and the technology these ladies are using, but little details like the full hat and coat racks and open windows with fans blasting in late November!  Let’s not even bring up how much “computing” has changed in the past 90 years…

November 24, 1924. Washington, D.C. “Computing Division, soldiers’ bonus.” Clerks at the “Bonus Bureau” calculating benefits for World War I veterans. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

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Posted by on December 1, 2016 in Daily Photo

 

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Photo of the Day – 11/28/16 (“Race Mixing”, 1959)

Daily Photo — “Race Mixing, 1959”

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August 20, 1959. “Little Rock, Arkansas. Rally at State Capitol. Group protesting admission of the ‘Little Rock Nine’ to Central High School.” Photo by John T. Bledsoe. U.S. News & World Report Photograph Collection, Library of Congress.
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Posted by on November 28, 2016 in Daily Photo

 

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Video of the Day – 11/23/16 (Bet You Didn’t Know: Thanksgiving)

Daily Video — “Bet You Didn’t Know: Thanksgiving”

From the History Channel YouTube Channel “Bet You Didn’t Know” is a nice little snapshot of facts and figures about different events.  This installment gives a nice, quick little history and some trivia about the Thanksgiving holiday.

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Posted by on November 23, 2016 in Daily Video

 

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Photo of the Day – 11/23/16 (“Pies in Repose”, 1940)

Daily Photo — “Pies in Repose, 1940”

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November 28, 1940. “Pumpkin pies and Thanksgiving dinner at the home of Mr. Timothy Levy Crouch, a Rogerene Quaker living in Ledyard, Connecticut.” Photo by Jack Delano for the Farm Security Administration
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Posted by on November 23, 2016 in Daily Photo

 

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