To kick off Black History Month, here is a cabinet card that has fascinated me ever since I stumbled across it in our Portrait File.
Titled "Little Ethiopians," it's a composite of 21 portraits of African-American babies. The cabinet card was issued by Smith's Studio of Photography in Chicago, Illinois, and bears an 1881 copyright date. I initially thought that the photographer, Joshua Smith, might have been an African-American, but further investigation proved this guess wrong.
On June 5th a rare transit of Venus will occur that can be seen from most of North America. During the transit, Venus can be seen from Earth as a small black dot moving across the sun. A transit, in which Venus passes directly between the Sun and Earth, is exceptional in that it occurs about twice every hundred years, usually eight years apart. Because of their infrequency, humans are thought to have noted only...Read More
On December 18, 1836, Henry Van Der Lyn penned a letter to his nephew describing a visit to the Georgetown home of Col. George Corbin Washington, with a former student, Congressman Aaron Ward. As they prepared to leave, George Washington's grand-nephew called them back to show them "some relicks" of his esteemed great uncle. In his letter, Van Der Lyn then gushes about the manuscripts, including Washington's ciphering book, surveying book, a journal of the 1745 expedition to...Read More
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