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The Art of the Book | Picture This: Library of Congress Prints & Photos

September 12, 2022 by Kristi Finefield

Quanting the marsh hay, Norfolk Broads, England. Photo by P.H. Emerson, 1886. https://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3g02278

Join curators Adam Silvia and Sara Duke as they highlight photographically illustrated books as well as graphic illustrations for books in the Prints & Photographs Division collections in two upcoming virtual presentations. Read on for a preview of some of the images and volumes they will share.

Photographically illustrated books, some dating all the way back to the 1840s, contain actual photographic prints mounted to the pages. Hand-crafted and rare, they explore a wide variety of subjects,

In the 1886 volume Life and Landscape on the Norfolk Broads, photos such as this one, Quanting the Marsh Hay, Norfolk, England, show residents at work, moving hay down the waterway. A quant is the long pole used to propel the boats.

Source: https://blogs.loc.gov/picturethis/2022/09/the-art-of-the-book/

The Wonders of the WPA Poster Collection | Picture This: Library of Congress Prints & Photos | Library of Congress

June 30, 2022 by Kristi Finefield

The following is a guest post by Hanna Soltys, Reference Librarian, Prints & Photographs Division.

Visit the zoo. Woodblock print, between 1936 and 1941. //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/ds.08248

The Work Projects Administration (WPA) Poster Collection is one of the Library’s treasures. We’ve hosted many orientations in person and online about these posters, and this time we’re offering an introduction to the collection during the evening hours

On Thursday, July 7, at 7:00pm EST, I will host a virtual webinar that discusses the collection history, topical themes represented in the posters, and how to download images. I will share some of my favorite poster designs, such as this reading-focused one by Arlington Gregg.

Learn more:

Source: The Wonders of the WPA Poster Collection | Picture This: Library of Congress Prints & Photos

Celebrating the Red, White, and Blue | Picture This: Library of Congress Prints & Photos | Library of Congress

Celebrating the Red, White, and Blue

By Jan Grenci, June 14, 2022

Post Ofc. Dept. Flag day. Photo by National Photo Company, ca. 1913. //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/npcc.31435

In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson established June 14 as Flag Day, to commemorate the 1777 adoption of the “Stars and Stripes” as the national flag of the United States. Flag Day had been celebrated unofficially prior to 1916, as you can see in the first photo below.

I recently gathered images from the collections of the Prints and Photographs Division for inclusion in a Flickr album featuring flags, which inspired me to expand my search and mark the occasion of Flag Day.

The images shown here are all retrieved in a search in the Prints and Photographs Online Catalog (PPOC) using the search term “flag day.” The first two photos date to earlier Flag Day celebrations…

Source: Celebrating the Red, White, and Blue | Picture This: Library of Congress Prints & Photos

The Lincoln Memorial at 100 | Picture This: Library of Congress Prints & Photos | Library of Congress

By Kristi Finefield, May 11, 2022

Dedication Lincoln Memorial, [5/30/22]. Photo by National Photo Company, [1922 May 30]. //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/npcc.23029

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. 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 photo…

Editor’s Note: Read more, see link below for original item…

Source: The Lincoln Memorial at 100 | Picture This: Library of Congress Prints & Photos