Album containing 80 tintype portraits of women and girls. American, 1860s-1880s
This fascinating album contains 80 tintype portraits of women and girls, young and old. Some are dressed plainly, while others are in fine dresses, and at least one is in mourning attire. The photographs head and shoulders, seated, and full-length standing portraits.
Maj. Gen. Abner Doubleday. No place, 1860s
This is a rare large format portrait of the famed general Abner Doubleday. Doubleday played a prominent role in the Union Army from the war’s outset. He was was second in command at Fort Sumter when the war started. He later commanded a division at Antietam, Gettysburg and other major battles.
WATSON, JAMES D. & FRANCIS CRICK
Signed photograph of Watson and Crick with their three-dimensional model of the double-helix DNA molecule. Anthony Barrington, 1953, printed later
Signed by Watson and Crick in the white lower margin. The discovery of the structure of DNA was the cornerstone event in modern genetics and biology and one of the greatest scientific discoveries of all time.
Opening day of the Suez Canal. Port Said , Nov. 16, 1869
This photograph depicts the harbor and canal on the day of the opening of the Suez Canal, the “greatest engineering feat of the nineteenth century” (Smith). “Clearly, the canal’s opening festivities placed Egypt in a new way on the European cultural map” (Haddad, “Digging to India: Modernity, Imperialism, and the Suez Canal”).
(U.S. CAPITOL.) John Wood
Marble column being carried on a cart to the Capitol. Washington, 1860
This rare salt print shows a colossal marble column being carried to the Capitol during its construction. The enormous cart is being drawn by team of twelve or more horses.
“one of my good-humored pictures … This is strong enough to be right and gentle enough to be right, too” - Whitman(WHITMAN, WALT.) Napoleon Sarony
Bust portrait of Whitman wearing a hat. New York, 1878
Boldly signed and dated 1879 by Whitman. Whitman observed of this delightful portrait, “It is one of my good-humored pictures. … This is strong enough to be right and gentle enough to be right, too: I like to be both: I wouldn’t like people to say ‘he is a giant’ and then forget I know how to love.”
White Elephant of the King. Siam, 1865
This remarkable photograph shows “one of twelve white elephants belonging to King Mongkut. The ‘white’ elephants are really reddish-brown with pale eyelashes and toenails. Male white elephants were regarded with high esteem and were adorned with elaborate costumes. The photograph shows the mahout, wearing a distinctive conical hat, training the elephant to kneel; he is using an elephant control stick with a hook (an ankusa). A boy stands by the head of the elephant, several other elephant carers sit on the right with ropes and a parasol, and a large group of onlookers sit on the left. The walls of the Grand Palace are seen behind” (Wellcome Institute Library).