Thursday, 31 December 2015


Photo: Philippe Halsman
Gelatin silver print
(National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution)

Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Tuesday, 29 December 2015

Monday, 28 December 2015

African Figure

Reliquary guardian figure, 19th century,
Ndassa, Republic of Congo.
(Collection Pierre Amrouche)

Saturday, 26 December 2015

Young Woman

Portrait of a Young Woman, c.1857
Photo: Oliver H. Willard
Salted paper print
(Smithsonian American Art Museum)

Friday, 25 December 2015

Christmas Tree Fancy Dress

Studio portrait of unidentified young woman in Christmas tree fancy dress
with hat presents and decorations hanging from her.
Christchurch, New Zealand, ca.1905 - 1926
Photo: Adam Henry Pearson Maclay

A Merry Christmas to everyone

Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Monday, 21 December 2015

Sunday, 20 December 2015

Double Portrait

Portrait of two young women in 1913;
cdv by Ludvig Åberg in Säffle, Sweden.

Saturday, 19 December 2015

Friday, 18 December 2015

Barstow California

Barstow, California, 1943
A view of the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe yard at night.
Photo: Jack Delano

Thursday, 17 December 2015


Funicular & Notre Dame de la Garde
Marseille, France, ca.1895
Photochrom print
(Library of Congress)

Tuesday, 15 December 2015

The Hanging of Lincoln's Conspirators

Around 1,000 people gathered in the scorching Washington heat to watch the four conspirators hanged to death; reporters and military personnel can be seen in the background.
Photographer: Alexander Gardner

Monday, 14 December 2015

Lewis Powell

One of the Lincoln assassination conspirators,
in chains, ca.1865.
Photo: Alexander Gardner

Sunday, 13 December 2015

Kansas City

Kansas City, Missouri, March 1967
Photo: Dave Heath
Gelatin silver print

Saturday, 12 December 2015

Life on the Thames

From the 'Silent Highway' 1876-77
Two sailors head down the river on a barge.
Photo: John Thomson

Friday, 11 December 2015

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Monday, 7 December 2015

Friday, 4 December 2015

Bathing beauties

Bathing beauties, 1920s or early 1930s
From the 'Amersham and Kent House,
SE London Series' England.
Unknown photographer

Thursday, 3 December 2015

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Monday, 30 November 2015

Paris 1900

Ancient Paris, Exposition Universelle,
Paris, 1900
Photochrom print
(Library of Congress)

Sunday, 29 November 2015

Thursday, 26 November 2015


Sir Ernest Shackleton and his crew sailed to the
Antarctic on the Endurance in 1914,
but when they arrived the ship became trapped in the thick ice.
Photo: Frank Hurley

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Thursday, 19 November 2015

The Fall of the Rebel Angels

The Fall of the Rebel Angels, 1562 (detail)
by Pieter Bruegel the Elder
Painted on oak Panel

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Monday, 16 November 2015

Railway Posters

We Shall Not Fail, 1943
Poster Art by Leslie Ragan

New York Central System,1946
Poster Art by Leslie Ragan

Sunday, 15 November 2015

Saturday, 14 November 2015

Portrait of a Child

Unknown little girl sitting on a striped cushion
holding a framed portrait of a man,possibly her dead father, 1847-60.
Photo: Ross and Thomson of Edinburgh
Ninth-plate daguerreotype