Focus on Eyeglasses

My latest Flickr album focuses on depictions of eyeglasses in the collections of the Prints & Photographs Division. Many of the images in the group are photographs, but a number of posters and prints appear as well. I added two WPA (Work Projects Administration) posters to the mix. Take a look at some equally worthy WPA posters featuring eyeglasses that weren’t included in the album. Be kind to books club Are you a member? Poster by Arlington Gregg, between 1936 and 1940. http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3b48892 What about India? Poster by Maurice Merlin, between 1941 and 1943. http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/ppmsca.33812 When I look at the next poster, I see a monocle on the left eye of the cancer quack. Though I suppose it could also…

The Lincoln Memorial at 100

At the end of the month, we mark the centennial of the Lincoln Memorial. This monument to our 16th President was dedicated on Memorial Day (then Decoration Day) in 1922 and its one hundred year birthday falls on Memorial Day this year. The Lincoln Memorial is visited by millions every year in Washington, D.C., and has been the site for many memorable speeches and events over time.  The dedication ceremony drew quite a crowd. On May 30, 1922, approximately 50,000 people gathered around the base of the memorial and some along the Reflecting Pool, as seen in the photos below: Dedication Lincoln Memorial, [5/30/22]. Photo by National Photo Company, [1922 May 30]. http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/npcc.23029 Dedication Lincoln Memorial, 5/30/22. Photo by National…

Mystery Gadgets Galore!

Attention all who are curious about gadgets, inventions, science, technology, and a good old-fashioned mystery! This week will offer two opportunities to explore mysterious thingamabobs and whatchamacallits and perhaps give them their real names. Within the Harris & Ewing Photograph Collection, we have a number of uncaptioned photographs that feature “gadgets” of unknown purpose – gadgets being a catchall term here for sometimes rather large and elaborate mechanical, electrical, and scientific devices. As we have before, we are calling on you to crack the code and share what you know about these machines. On Thursday, May 5th at 7pm EST (today!), join Reference Librarian Jonathan Eaker of the Prints & Photographs Division for a virtual webinar: Object Lesson: Gadgets in…

Behind the Scenes: Reflecting on a Career While Continuing to Explore the Collections

The following is an interview with Barbara Orbach Natanson, former Head of the Prints & Photographs Reading Room. Melissa: Can you tell us about your background, and what roles you played at the Library of Congress before you retired this past December? McKee Ranch, hay meadows, irrigation, Silverthorne, Colorado. Photo by Howard W. Marshall, 1980. https://www.loc.gov/item/afc1991031_hm_04/. Barbara Orbach shown at right, with Vera McKee, holding recording equipment. Barbara: I first came to the Library of Congress in 1980 to do an internship in the Archive of Folk Song and got the opportunity to continue with some fieldwork in Colorado for the American Folklife Center. Both provided good grounding for completing Master’s degrees in Folklore and in Library Science at UCLA.…