Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Calotype View of Workers Standing on a Cast Iron Lighthouse Assembled Temporarily at the Foundry Where it Was Created in Philadelphia Before Its Shipment For Installation on Carysfort Reef in Florida (1849)


Calotype view of workers standing on a cast iron lighthouse assembled temporarily at the foundry where it was created in Philadelphia before its shipment for installation on Carysfort Reef in Florida, August 2, 1849. By the Langenheim brothers.

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Union General John C. Caldwell and his Staff Posing on the Antietam Battlefield (1862)


Union General John C. Caldwell and his staff posing in front of a tent on the Antietam battlefield shortly after the battle there, September 1862. By Alexander Gardner. Animated stereoscopic photographs.

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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Two Portraits of Union Soldier Morgan L. Snyder Who Suffered a Gunshot Wound to His Right Eye While Serving With the 91st New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment During the Civil War



Two portraits of Union soldier Morgan L. Snyder who suffered a gunshot wound to his right eye while serving with Company I of the 91st New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment during the Civil War. Attributed to Dr. Reed Bontecou at Harewood Hospital in Washington, D.C. Animated stereoview.

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Two Views of Men Posing With the Wreckage of a Steam Locomotive Named Charles Minot Which Was Derailed During an Attack by Confederate Cavalry Near Manassas Junction, Virginia (1862)




Two views of men posing with the wreckage of a steam locomotive named Charles Minot which was derailed during an attack by Confederate cavalry in Virginia, 1862. The men, probably railroad engineers, appear to be trying to salvage the locomotive. According to Miller's Photographic History of the Civil War, this was a train derailed by Confederate cavalry near Manassas Junction in 1862. By Andrew J. Russell.

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Animated Hand-Colored Stereoscopic Daguerreotype Portrait of an Unidentified Woman (1855)


Animated hand-colored stereoscopic daguerreotype portrait of an unidentified woman, c. 1855. By Antoine Claudet.

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View of Union Soldiers of the 16th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment Parading Along a Street After Their Return From Fighting in the Civil War in Cambridge, Massachusetts (1865)


View of Union soldiers of the 16th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment parading along a street in Cambridge, Massachusetts, after their return from fighting in the Civil War, c. 1865.

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Newspaper Correspondents Attending the Execution of Andersonville Commandant Henry Wirz at the Old Capitol Prison, Washington, D.C. (1865)


A group of newspaper correspondents attending the execution of Andersonville commandant Henry Wirz at the Old Capitol Prison, Washington, D.C., November 10, 1865. By Alexander Gardner.

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Daguerreotype View of People Posing in the Street of an Unidentified City (1855)



Daguerreotype view of people posing in a street of a city possibly in Virginia, c. 1855. By Luke C. Dillon.

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Hand-Colored Daguerreotype Portrait of a New York City Policeman (1850)


Hand-colored daguerreotype portrait of a New York City policeman, c. 1850.

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Daguerreotype Portrait of a Man at the Reins of a Wagon


Daguerreotype portrait of a man at the reins of a wagon.

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Monday, December 29, 2014

Union Soldiers in Square Formation During the Civil War


Union soldiers drilling in square formation during the Civil War. Location unknown. Attributed to Mathew Brady.

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Union Soldiers of the 7th Regiment New York State Militia Keeping Order During the New York City Draft Riots (1863)



Two photographs of Union soldiers of the 7th Regiment New York State Militia keeping order during the New York City Draft Riots, New York City, 1863.

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Union Soldiers Drilling in Square Formation During the Civil War at Fort Wayne in Detroit, Michigan


Union soldiers drilling in square formation during the Civil War at Fort Wayne in Detroit, Michigan.

Daguerreotype Portrait of the Children of Lieutenant Montgomery C. Meigs Posing With a Donkey-Drawn Cart in Detroit, Michigan (1850)


Daguerreotype portrait of the children of Lieutenant Montgomery C. Meigs posing with a donkey-drawn cart in Detroit, Michigan, c. 1850.

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American Daguerreotype Portrait of a Chemist Posing With Drug Making Equipment in an Apothecary Shop (1852)


American daguerreotype portrait of a chemist posing with drug making equipment in an apothecary shop, c. 1852.

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Two Animated Stereoscopic Daguerreotype Portraits of William Y. McAllister and His Wife



Two animated stereoscopic daguerreotype portraits of William Y. McAllister and his wife, c. 1850's.

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Sunday, December 28, 2014

Time-Lapse Photographs of Colonel Lafayette Baker, Lieutenant Everton Conger, and Lieutenant Luther Baker Planning the Capture of John Wilkes Booth (1865)




Two photographs said to show the three Union officers planning the capture of John Wilkes Booth, c. 1865. Probably made after Booth’s death in Virginia 12 days after his assassination of President Abraham Lincoln as a simplified recreation of the effort involved in capturing Booth. Union intelligence chief Colonel Lafayette Baker is sitting at center, Lieutenant Everton Conger is on the right, and Lieutenant Luther Baker is on the left. By Alexander Gardner.

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Hand-Colored Daguerreotype Portrait of a Seamstress Posing With a Sewing Machine (1853)


Hand-colored daguerreotype portrait of a seamstress posing with a sewing machine, c. 1853.

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American Animated Stereoscopic Daguerreotype Portrait of Franz Friedrich Holding a Stereoscopic Viewer


American animated stereoscopic daguerreotype portrait of a man named Franz Friedrich holding a stereo viewer, c. 1850's.

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Union General John Porter Hatch Posing With His Staff at Headquarters in the South Battery Area of Charleston, South Carolina (1865)


Union General John Porter Hatch posing with his staff at headquarters in the South Battery area of Charleston, South Carolina, 1865. Animated stereoscopic photographs.

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Saturday, December 27, 2014

American Troops Marching Along a Muddy Road in France During World War 1 (1918)


American troops marching along a muddy road in France during World War 1, c. 1918.

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A German Soldier Wearing a Captured Dutch Helmet During or After the German Invasion of the Netherlands (1940)


A German soldier wearing a captured Dutch helmet during or after the German invasion of the Netherlands, 1940.

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Daguerreotype Portrait of Dr. Jonathan Letterman at the Bedside of a Dead or Dying Patient (1849)


Daguerreotype portrait of Dr. Jonathan Letterman at the bedside of a dead or dying patient, 1849. He later became a major in the Union Army during the Civil War where he became known as the "Father of Modern Battlefield Medicine." The hospital named Camp Letterman set up after the Battle of Gettysburg was named after him. Image from the American Experience documentary called Death and the Civil War.

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Hand-Colored Daguerreotype Portrait of an Unidentified American Militia Officer


Hand-colored daguerreotype portrait of an unidentified American militia officer.

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Adolf Hitler While Working as an Intelligence Agent for the Reichswehr Photographed While Attending Kurt Eisner's Funeral (1919)


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Adolf Hitler (far right) while working as an intelligence agent for the Reichswehr photographed here attending the funeral for Kurt Eisner, the assassinated Minister-President of Bavaria, February 26, 1919.

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Three Men Posing With Two Mortars in the Trapier Mortar Battery on Morris Island Shortly After the Surrender of the Nearby Fort Sumter by Union Forces in Charleston Harbor (1861)


Three men posing with two mortars in the Trapier Mortar Battery on Morris Island shortly after the surrender of the nearby Fort Sumter by Union forces in Charleston Harbor, 1861. The battery fired its mortars at Fort Sumter in the bombardment leading to its surrender. The darkroom used by the photographers to develop this photograph is visible behind the mortar in the background. By Osborn and Durbec. From The Blue and Gray in Black and White: A History of Civil War Photography.

Policemen Aiming Their Revolvers During a Longshoremen's Strike in San Francisco


Policemen aiming their revolvers during a longshoremen's strike in San Francisco, c. 1930’s.

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Daguerreotype Portrait of a Book or Newspaper Editor (1855)


Daguerreotype portrait of a book or newspaper editor, c. 1855.

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A Group of Men Posing With the Steam Engine of the USS Kearsarge Before Its Installation on the Ship (1861)


A group of men posing with the steam engine of the Mohican-class sloop-of-war USS Kearsarge before its installation on the ship, c. 1861. By the Kellogg brothers.

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Dead Confederate Soldiers in the Bloody Lane With Union Soldiers Posing Behind Them After the Battle of Antietam (1862)


Dead Confederate soldiers in the Bloody Lane with Union soldiers, probably part of a burial detail, posing behind them after the Battle of Antietam, 1862. By Alexander Gardner. Animated stereoscopic photographs.

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Thursday, December 25, 2014

American Daguerreotype View of People Posing on the Steps and Porches of the Union Hotel (1845)


American daguerreotype view of people posing on the steps and porches of a building named the Union Hotel, location unknown, c. 1845.

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Southern Civilians With Their Slaves in Line to Receive Rations From the Union Army During the Civil War in Beaufort, South Carolina



"A bitter pill." Southern civilians with their slaves in line to receive rations from the Union Army during the Civil War in Beaufort, South Carolina. By Samuel Cooley. Animated stereoview.

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Two Men Posing on Table Rock in Front of Horseshoe Falls in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada (1856)



Two men posing on Table Rock in front of Horseshoe Falls in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, 1856. By the Langenheim brothers. Animated stereoscopic photographs.

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View Taken During the Dedication Ceremony For the "Naatje of the Dam" War Monument in Dam Square in Amsterdam, the Netherlands (1856)


View taken during the dedication ceremony for the "Naatje of the Dam" war monument (visible in the foreground) in Dam Square in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, August 27, 1856. By Pieter Oosterhuis. Animated stereoscopic photographs.

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Union General William Farrar "Baldy" Smith Posing With His Staff at Cold Harbor, Virginia (1864)


Commander of the Union XVIII Corps General William Farrar "Baldy" Smith (sitting) posing with his staff at Cold Harbor, Virginia, June 1864. Animated stereoscopic photographs.

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Ambrotype Portrait of a Lincoln Wide Awake Member Posing With a Lighted Torch (1860)


Ambrotype portrait of a Lincoln Wide Awake member posing with a lighted torch, 1860.

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Two Daguerreotype Views of the General Post Office in Washington, D.C. (1846)



Two daguerreotype views of the General Post Office in Washington, D.C., c. 1846. Probably taken in different seasons judging from the difference in the amount of leaves in the trees. By John Plumbe, Jr. The building survives today as the Hotel Monaco.

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Daguerreotype Portrait of San Francisco Mayor Charles James Brenham and His Associates (1852)


Daguerreotype portrait of San Francisco Mayor Charles James Brenham (third from right) and his associates, c. 1852.

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