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Weddings of the Rich and Famous

Posted by Laurie Frost on June 9, 2011

Looking for “brides” in the Library of Congress’s Prints & Photographs Online Catalog, I found a number of public domain images of weddings of famous people. Here is a selection:

Bouvier-Kennedy wedding portrait, Sept. 12, 1953. Photographer: Toni Frissell. LC-USZC4-4892

Pres. Richard Nixon escorts his daughter Tricia at her White House Rose Garden wedding. Photographer: Warren K. Leffler. June 12, 1971. LC-DIG-ppmsca-03410

 

Vanderbilt-Szechenyi wedding - Official portrait of Count Szechenyi, made just before he married Gladys Vanderbilt, 1907. LC-USZ62-69601

 

Princess Mary's wedding coach. 1922. LC-B2- 5711-3

 

Tenor Enrico Caruso- Dorothy Park Benjamin Wedding Party, 1918. LC-DIG-ggbain-27427

 

President Roosevelt, with Alice Roosevelt-Longworth and Hon. Nicholas Longworth in bridal array. March 22, 1906. LC-DIG-stereo-1s01932

 

 

 

 

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Still Looking for Public Domain Images of the Berlin Wall

Posted by Laurie Frost on August 23, 2010

The Berlin Wall keeps coming up among the search terms that bring people to this blog. I posted images of the wall back in November 2009, but I thought I’d have another look around. Pre-unification (11/9/89) images are surprisingly hard to find, but I found a few more that don’t repeat what is in the November post.

This first image from the Library of Congress  is chilling. The photographer, Toni Frisell, was a high society fashion photographer when World War II broke out. She volunteered her services to the Red Cross, the Air Force, and the Women’s Army Corp, staying on after the war’s end to document its aftermath. When you just glance at the picture, what you see is a smiling, seeming relaxed young man. But look up and to the right and you see he has a gun pointed at his head.

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Summary from LoC: West Berliner in uniform in front of Berlin Wall; soldier pointing gun over wall.  Toni Frissell Collection [LC-USZC4-4334]

[Berlin, October 1961]

Man carrying cross on street, Berlin, West Germany.  Toni Frissell Collection [LC-USZC4-4333]

These are not tagged “Berlin Wall” but are related to the Berlin airlift, and so may be of interest. The first from the National Museum of the US Air Force is rather unusual:

DAYTON, Ohio -- Berlin Airlift dog parachute on display at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

Berlin Airlift SCR-658 Radio Receiver on display at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo

I found this on this on the CIA’s website in a document titled “Turning a Cold War Scheme into Reality: Engineering the Berlin Tunnel”, a formerly classified account of the construction of a secret tunnel “in a rural area of the American Sector southwest of Berlin known as Altglienecke” to tap into Soviet communications lines. It operated until 1956 when East German telephone repairmen accidentally came across it. Or so it was believed at the time.

 

The next images are from the National Archives‘ German Reunification Day Exhibit :

President Nixon views the Berlin Wall from a platform

Photograph of President Reagan giving a speech at the Berlin Wall, Brandenburg Gate, Federal Republic of Germany, 06/12/1987 - 06/12/1987

Photograph of President Reagan giving a speech at the Berlin Wall, Brandenburg Gate, Federal Republic of Germany, 06/12/1987 – 06/12/1987. ARC Identifier 198585

And here’s a post-unification one from the US Army:

Fireworks illuminate Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate as thousands celebrate the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, Nov. 9, 2009. 

Photo Credit: Richard Bumgardner (U.S. Army Europe)

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Public Domain Images at the Library of Congress, Part 2

Posted by Laurie Frost on May 26, 2009

Since works created prior to 1923 are now in the public domain in the US, searching for images using keyword and “no known restrictions” in the Library of Congress’s Prints and Photographs Catalog will yield a lot of older photos. But not all are pre-1923. For example, consider these:

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 That’s Jackie Kennedy on her wedding day,  Sept. 12, 1953  [LOC, LC-USZC4-4332 ] and Sir Winston Churchill with his son and grandson preparing for the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1952 [LOC,LC-DIG-ppmsca-05370]. Both photos are by Toni Frissell.

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Here’s a young Fidel Castro at the UN in 1960, photographed by Warren K. Leffler [LC-USZ62-134150], who also caught on film a young Jimmy Carter and Hubert Humphrey at the 1976 Democratic National Convention [LC-U9- 32981-16].

09737vAnd then there are so many subjects that don’t change much over time. Places and plants:

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 Dunsky Castle, Pitlochrie (Scotland [LOC, LC-DIG-ppmsc-07661];

Olive trees [LOC, LC-DIG-ppmsc-05942 ]

Animals:

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[LOC, LC-DIG-npcc-10024 ]

 And contortionists:

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Just making sure you were paying attention….

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