Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Carte De Visite Portrait of a Man Posing in the Excavated Ruins of an Ancient Roman Building in Pompeii, Italy (1860's)


Carte de visite portrait of a man posing in the excavated ruins of an Ancient Roman building in Pompeii, Italy, c. 1860's.

Source: Library of Congress.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

“Lady Exhibitors at the Crystal Palace Cat Show” (1901)


“Lady exhibitors at the Crystal Palace Cat Show.” Photograph taken by Russell and Sons at the Crystal Palace in London, England, c. 1901. From an issue of Black and White Budget.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Portrait of a Group of Afro-Brazilian Railroad Workers (1850's)


Portrait of a group of Afro-Brazilian railroad workers, c. 1855-1860.

Source: Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Photograph Said to Be Taken During a Slave Auction in the Cheapside Area of Lexington, Kentucky (1862)


Photograph said to be taken during a slave auction in the Cheapside area of Lexington, Kentucky, c. 1861-1862. The man standing on a platform in the center waving his arms looks as though he is an auctioneer. The bovine in the left background might suggest that the photo actually depicts a livestock auction, although Cheapside was the location of a slave market in the period. Originally published in the book Slavery Times in Kentucky by John Winston Coleman.

Source: New York Public Library.
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Monday, July 2, 2018

A Group Playing a Game of Faro in the Orient Saloon in Bisbee, Arizona (1900)


A group playing a game of faro in the Orient Saloon in Bisbee, Arizona, c. 1900. By photographer C. S. Fly. The men are identified as: "Left to right - Tony Downs (standing with derby) part owner; Doyle, a concert hall singer at corner of table, sitting, with derby; back of him standing is Dutch Kid; Sleepy Dick, the porter, to right with light felt; Charlie Bassett, with soft felt hat in rear next to wall; dealer is Johnny Murphy, and Smiley Lewis in silk hat."

Source: National Archives and Records Administration.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Union Soldiers and Civilians Posing in an Encampment and On the Ruins of the Morris Island Lighthouse Near Charleston, South Carolina, During the American Civil War (1863)


Union soldiers and civilians posing in an encampment and on the ruins of the Morris Island Lighthouse near Charleston, South Carolina, during the American Civil War in July or August 1863. Some of the men on the pile of rubble are possibly watching distant exchanges of artillery fire by Union and Confederate forces in Charleston Harbor. By photographers Haas and Peale.

Source: Library of Congress.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Portrait of a Group of German Soldiers Posing With Three Sitting Allied Prisoners of War Somewhere in Germany During World War 1 (1910's)


Portrait of a group of German soldiers posing with three sitting Allied prisoners of war somewhere in Germany during World War 1. One of the prisoners is identified as Private P. Robertson who served with the Royal Army Medical Corps.

Source: Wellcome Images.

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Portrait of Firemen Posing With a Steam Pumper Fire Engine Named Mazeppa No 3 in Factory Square in Fitchburg, Massachusetts (1866)


Portrait of firemen posing with a steam pumper fire engine named Mazeppa No 3 in Factory Square in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, 1866. From the book Fitchburg Past and Present by William Andrew Emerson published in 1903.

Portrait of a Group of Employees Including Bartenders and Dancers Posing in Front of Hovey’s Dance Hall in Clifton, Arizona Territory (1884)


Portrait of a group of employees including bartenders and dancers posing in front of Hovey’s Dance Hall in which they worked in Clifton, Arizona Territory, 1884. The dance hall's manager, Anton Mazzanovich, is posing next to a tree, second from right.

Source: National Archives and Records Administration.
More information at Arizona State Archives. 
More information at Tucson.com.