Young and Beautiful: American Indians at the Turn of the Century

Today’s post features separate and- as far as I know, at least- unrelated American Indian subjects. All pictures are from the Library of Congress. There is scant information about these images, but what is available is included here.   The first is Moon Beam. This young woman was a Potawatomi Indian who was photographed in June 1909…

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San Francisco Glamour

In my recent foray into the federal archives, I began to notice that the reference info on many of the most interesting photos indicated they came from San Francisco. Many of these San Francisco images were tagged “glamour photographs”: an irresistible combination! I’m excited to share my findings here, but first I need to issue…

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Remarkable Photographs of Black Americans from the 1900 Exposition Universelle in Paris

The Library of Congress has a collection of photographs, arranged by W.E.B. Du Bois, especially for Paris’ Exposition Universelle. The collection depicts the “history and present conditions” (circa 1900) of black Americans. It’s a curious collection because nothing overt ties the photos together, except that everyone pictured is black and American. There are over 500 photographs of…

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