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One of the first black men to open his own establishment in antebellum New York City, Pete Williams' dance hall is said to have birthed what we know to be modern tap dancing. At Almack's Dance Hall, located in the Five Points district of Lower…
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Rotary press for commercial mass production invented by Richard M. Hoe. Powered by steam, this produces millions of copies per day, but is not used for pamphlets or small runs, for which handpress is mainly used and then letterpress.
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Magic Lantern Slide Lecture
In 1849, Frederick and William Langenheim, German-born brothers who became prominent commercial photographers in Philadelphia, gave their first public magic lantern show using photographic slides known as hyalotypes. This event was a culmination of…
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Referred to as the turning point of the Civil War for Union forces, the Battle of Gettysburg provided ample photographic opportunities for photographers such as Alexander Gardner. After an overwhelming victory at Chancellorsville, General Robert E.…
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The new style Gordon Jobber, also referred to as the Franklin jobber, was a letter press, or a “platen” press. The basis for the design of most jobbers afterward, this was the primary press for hobbyists, because it emphasized small-run,…
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Thomas Edison’s recording of Mary Had a Little Lamb in upstate New York marks the first time in history that sound was recorded and played back. The recording itself is remarkable in that it survives to this day, and the excitement and surprise in…
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Stephen Horgan's "A Scene from Shantytown, New York"
In the late 1870s, the halftone process first took hold as an effective method for cheaply and sufficiently printing images. In 1880, the New York Daily Graphic printed Stephen Horgan’s image ‘A Scene from Shantytown, New York’ which was a…
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George Eastman and William H. Walker developed a roll holder for Eastman Negative Paper, a precursor to photographic film (“Milestones”). These advances lead to the first Kodak camera—a portable and easy to use option compared to wet-plate cameras.…
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Eastman Kodak Company building in Rochester, NY
George Eastman first started to experiment with wet plate photography as an amateur in 1978, but felt the process cumbersome. Inspired by British journals on photography, he began formulating his own dry plate emulsions and eventually designed a…
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Ida B. Wells was front and center in the post-slavery civil rights movement in the USA. She published this pamphlet as part of a larger effort to show that even though slavery was over, the systemic oppression of African Americans continued.
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The Yellow Kid, 1896
While there were plenty of earlier illustrations and editorial cartoons published in newspapers, The Yellow Kid is widely recognized as the first American comic strip. It is particularly noted for its early use of text bubbles and recurring…
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Pulp Bleaching
Chemical wood pulp paper is longer lasting and more durable than unprocessed wood pulp paper. Manufacturers used caustic chemicals, originally sulfites, to break down the wood fibers and remove the lignin from the pulp. Chemical pulping made for…
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April 15, 1900 The Exposition Universelle of 1900, otherwise known as the 1900 Paris Exposition, featured a series of photographs compiled by W. E. B. Du Bois and titled “The Exhibit of American Negroes. There were 363 images that showed…
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"Spirit of the Past"
Photographer Edward S. Curtis begins creating The North American Indian, a forty-volume edition of photogravures and writings that attempt to illustrate Native American life to the mass public. He is the first to document and cite the phenomenon of a…
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Marconi’s first transmission relied on amplitude modulation to send a ‘wireless telegraph’ from England to Newfoundland. The transmission ‘bounced’ off the ionosphere and was received in Canada. Marked the first time in history that information…
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airmail has the obvious effect of making mail more timely, and timeliness is an important part of the relevance of the political pamphlet.
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The Battle of Belleau Wood was the first extensive battle in which American troops were involved during World War I. In the three weeks of seemingly inexhaustible German bombardment, American forces were faced with new kinds of warfare, including…
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In January 1920, the 18th Amendment, prohibiting the sale and distribution of alcohol, went into effect. During this period of Prohibition, businessmen, mobsters and opportunists alike established speakeasies so that any savvy American might find a…
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The recording at Westminster Abbey of the hymns sung at the funeral for the unknown warrior mark the first time that electrical recording using microphones and plastic discs, which were stored in an offsite location were made. However because of poor…
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A page of the original Aliens Act of 1905
In December of 1920, Act 17, Section 3 of the Alien Order Act was passed. This act equipped police officers with the power of photographing any alien. The photograph requirements and camera were not standardized at the time, though they did require…
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