The camera, that is:
Western Barracks and Parade, Fort Sumter, April 15, 1861 (Civil War Photograph File, PR 164)
Southern photographers took very few of the thousands of photographs that document the Civil War, especially as the war dragged on and union blockades cut off Southern access to the necessary photographic supplies. However, with the camera, no less than the cannon, the South was the first to shoot.
Fort Sumter, April 15, 1861 (Civil War Photograph File, PR...Read More
It sounds like an easy question, right? Well, Thomas Jefferson certainly wrote it -- in terms of authorship. But do you know whose hand it was that literally produced the famous handwritten copy? If you're not sure, don't worry, historians aren't completely certain either. That said, there is consensus that it was "probably" Timothy Matlack, of Pennsylvania. Matlack had been appointed clerk to the secretary of the Second Continental Congress, Charles Thomson, a little over a...Read More
This post was written by Marybeth Kavanagh, Print Room Reference Librarian.
It's widely accepted that the first Christmas card was printed in London in 1843, when Sir Henry Cole hired artist John Calcott Horsley to design a holiday card that he could send to his friends. But it was Boston-based printer Louis Prang who introduced the Christmas card to the American public.
Louis Prang (1824-1909) was a lithographer and publisher known for his early adoption of the...Read More
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