Friday, May 12, 2006

George Grantham Bain news photograph collection

The Library of Congress has announced that the George Grantham Bain news photograph collection (about 40,000 glass negatives) have been digitized and are available in the LOC's Prints and Photographs Online Catalog. You can start searching for your favorite subjects or film stars (be they Louise Brooks or Clara Bow or Olive Thomas) at http://memory.loc.gov/pp/ggbainhtml/ggbainabt.html. I know you will find at least a few photographic treasures.

"The George Grantham Bain Collection represents the photographic files of one of America's earliest news picture agencies. The collection richly documents sports events, theater, celebrities, crime, strikes, disasters, political activities including the woman suffrage campaign, conventions and public celebrations. The photographs Bain produced and gathered for distribution through his news service were worldwide in their coverage, but there was a special emphasis on life in New York City. The bulk of the collection dates from the 1900s to the mid-1920s, but scattered images can be found as early as the 1860s and as late as the 1930s."

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