If the cold weather kept you from seeing the recent Super Blood Wolf Moon (a.k.a. the total lunar eclipse of January 21, 2019), here’s a celestial event you can view from the comfort of your favorite electronic device: a photograph of a rare, total solar eclipse that darkened the skies over New York City on January 24, 1925. (To give you some idea just how rare an occurrence it was, the previous total solar eclipse over the region happened in 1478. The next will be visible in 2079.)
This incredible image was captured by photographer Adolf Fassbender. Born in Germany in 1884, Fassbender began working as a photographer’s apprentice in 1897. He immigrated to the United States in 1912, and worked for a time at the Selby Sisters Studio in New York City. Fassbender established his own photo studio on Fifth Avenue in 1924. The next year, he photographed this total eclipse of the sun from the snow-covered Bronx Park, now home to the New York Botanical Garden and the Bronx Zoo. This photograph received the highest award from the American Museum of Natural History in an international competition of thousands of artworks in various mediums.
Fassbender captured the only known image of this event showing both the eclipse and the earth in the same shot.
This post is by Marybeth Kavanagh and Joseph Ditta, Processing Archivists.