Library of Congress

Iconic Ansel Adams print sells for $42,500 at auction

A famed Ansel Adams print has sold for over $42,000 at auction.<p><i>Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico</i>, shot by Adams at 4:05 p.m., on October 31, 1941, was snapped up at Swann Auction Galleries last week at the staggering price of $42,500. The striking image of the moon over a small New Mexican town was …

Food Photography

13 Things I Found on the Internet Today Vol. CCXXXII)

1. Inside Bangkok’s First Ever Department Store, Frozen in Time<i>Built in the 1960s, Bangkok’s Nightingale-Olympic store remains unchanged today,</i> …

Paris

5 Bits of Library of Congress Trivia for Its 217th Birthday!

We’re gonna need a big cake. Today, the Library of Congress turns 217 years old!<p>Although Thomas Jefferson’s personal library formed the core of what …

Libraries

Autochromes of Petra

The Rose City in color<p>Built sometime around the 4th century BC, the city of Petra in southern Jordan was the capital of the Nabataean society.<p>The Nabataeans carved elaborate and beautiful structures directly out of the raw sandstone cliffs, and devised ingenious cisterns and water conduits to make …

Ancient History

Life of the Civil War Soldier in Camp

Disease, Hunger, Death & Boredom <i><br>By Gary Helm, Hallowed Ground Magazine, Winter 2013 Issue</i><p>Only a tiny fraction of any soldier’s time was spent in …

History

The Girl With a Job: 1953

Columbus, Georgia, 1953. "Kayser-Lilienthal window display." Tied to the fall issue of <i>Glamour</i> and its focus on "The Girl With a Job," who if she was …

Photography

Is it Time to Retire the Word “Citizen”?

By Kate Reed Petty I recently witnessed the participants in a panel discussion collectively agree to avoid the word community. Early in the event, …

Language

The Library of Congress released a fascinating history of card catalogs. Wait, come back!

The Library of Congress just released a book on the history of the card catalog, and while I can physically feel you clicking away from this article even as I type, I am here to tell you that <i>The Card Catalog</i>is actually weirdly fascinating.<p><i>The Card Catalog</i> makes a persuasive case that cataloging …

Libraries

Yes, Elite Women's Clubs Still Exist

In Washington, D.C., and other U.S. cities, members-only meetinghouses continue to occupy prime real estate.<p><i>This post is part of a CityLab series on open secrets—stories about what’s hiding in plain sight.</i><p>The Sulgrave Club is an elite women’s organization that has occupied its location—a tan brick …

Housing

Manhattan Almost Had a Highway Running Across It. Here's What It Would Have Looked Like

Concept renderings of Robert Moses' proposed LOMEX (Lower Manhattan Expressway).<br>Library of Congress— Courtesy of IFC Films<p>1 of 7<p>In the new …

Urban Planning

This 4-year-old girl has read more than 1,000 books

Daliyah Marie Arana is an exception to the rule, an exception to how people start reading. Her parents believe that she learned to read even before …

Libraries

Kids Who Crashed Dad's BBC Interview Get Their Own Show

“The Adventures of Mina and Jack” follows a mischievous brother-sister duo.<p>In March, political science professor Robert Kelly and his family became international sensations, thanks to a viral BBC segment during which Kelly’s adorable children interrupted his video interview. In the media frenzy …

Doctor Who

Preserving Government Websites with ‘End of Term President Harvest’

By: Valerie NyeIn the normal transfer of power from one presidential administration to another, changes occur to U.S. government websites. Websites …

Libraries

Defending Digital Globalization

Over the last 25 years, the Internet has become a conduit for trillions of dollars in commerce, transforming industries, national economies, and the …

Libraries

As Roads Become High-Tech, Historic Toll Booths Might Need to Be Saved

<i>This article was originally published on Atlas Obscura as "The Case for Preserving the 20th Century Tollbooth."</i><p>Massachusetts is destroying its toll …

Libraries

'It celebrates the tenacity of the human spirit': Gloria Gaynor on her hit, 'I Will Survive'

If any song has earned the title of "anthem," it's Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive."<p>First recorded almost 40 years ago, it defined the disco era and …

Music

31 Vintage Posters That Demand You Pick Up a Book

We can all agree that propaganda is bad. Right? But wait, let me ask you: what about <i>literary</i> propaganda? That is, what if you encounter a poster, and …

Lifestyle (Canada)

The Trial of the Century That Wasn't

There have been plenty of Trials of the Century in American history, but the prosecution of Jefferson Davis for treason would surely have taken the …

Libraries

What is gerrymandering?

You'll hear the word tossed around by many a political pundit, but you may still wonder: What is gerrymandering? We're here to help.<p>The dictionary definition<p>Let's start with Merriam-Webster: "to divide (a territorial unit) into election districts to give one political party an electoral majority in …

Government

David McCullough: President Trump's Disregard for History Is 'Utter Nonsense'

Over the course of nearly 50 years, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David McCullough has traveled across the U.S. speaking to audiences — at …

American History

Jet-Age Chic

The TWA terminal at JFK airport was an icon of mid-century cool. Now it’s being reincarnated as a hotel.<p>It was the world’s most famous airport terminal 1, and the most beloved project of the mid-century architect Eero Saarinen 2. Likened to a bird taking off, the TWA Flight Center at New York’s …

Dystopia

Bringing Color to Historical Photos

Brazilian artist Marina Amaral combines a love of history and a deep set of Photoshop skills to bring historical photographs the colors they might …

Photography

10 Best Bets for $75 or Less – Cheap Chukkas, Rain Ready Jackets, & Game Changing Underwear

<i>Seventy Five bucks. That’s a lot of money. It’ll get you a couple pairs of Levi’s, a decent casual dinner out, or a couple months at your local gym.</i> …

Clothing

‘Their pain was unparalleled’: How slaves helped build democracy’s symbols and save Georgetown University

Georgetown University has been repenting for one of the darkest chapters of its history — the sale of 272 slaves in 1838 by Jesuit priests to rescue the school from financial disaster.<p>At a campus gathering Tuesday to honor and remember those slaves, one of their descendants, Sandra Green Thomas …

Libraries

Steam Tunnels Under Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

A crumbling network of old utility tunnels under Capitol Hill connects 24 government buildings to the Capitol Power Plant. The original tunnels …

Weird

I'm the great-great-great-great-grandchild of immigrants — but not everyone in my family wants to hear that history

One evening in mid March, I was part of a full-house audience at the local city council meeting in Eugene, Oregon. On the agenda was an ordinance to prevent the city and police from using its resources to arrest and detain people whose only offense is violating federal immigration laws.<p>I can see …

Immigration Law

Qumran

Also known as Kh. Mird, Kh. Qumran, Goumran, Gumran, City of Salt(?), Ir ha-Melah(?), Secacah(?), Kumran, Mesad, Mesad Hasidim (?), Oumran,</b> …

Archaeology

Rutland State Fair

Fun and games in the hills of Vermont<p>First held in 1846, the Rutland State Fair in Rutland, Vermont is one of the oldest state fairs in the United States.<p>With agricultural exhibitions, races, and rides, the fair drew massive crowds each year from around New England and New York, eventually being …

Libraries

7 Times Serious Wars Went Straight Slapstick

It turns out that only <i>part</i> of history is written by the winners -- other parts appear to have been hurriedly scribbled by coked-out sitcom writers …

History

See Gorgeous National Parks Posters From the 1930s

Wild life The national parks preserve all life poster, ca. 1936-1940.<br>Library of Congress<p>1 of 8<p>Not even a week had passed since his March 1933 …

National Parks