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Oct 3 16 tweets 5 min read
(Colorized by me) Mark Twain and his long-time friend John T. Lewis, the inspiration for the character "Jim" in "Huckleberry Finn", New York, 1903.

John T. Lewis was born in 1835. In 1853 as a Black freeman living in a slave-holding society, he was allowed to join... 🧵 Image (Original via Library of Congress) Image
Sep 28 7 tweets 2 min read
Henry "Box" Brown was born, enslaved, on a Virginia plantation in 1815. After his family was sold, he committed himself to escaping from bondage. He had himself shipped in a wooden box from Virginia to Philadelphia, where slavery had been abolished.

🧵 Image On March 23, 1849, his co-conspirators sealed Brown into a wooden crate and placed it on a train bound for Philadelphia. After twenty-six hours, Brown arrived at the office of the Pennsylvania Anti-Slavery Society, where he was unboxed, alive and free.
Sep 8 8 tweets 3 min read
Earlie Hudnall was born and raised in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. His sense of community within his family and that of the African-American culture is what helped shape his work as an artist.

🧵 ImageImage Hudnall began photographing while serving as a Marine in the Vietnam War in the 1960’s. ImageImage
Aug 30 14 tweets 5 min read
I absolutely love these photographs taken by Wallace G. Levison in New York between 1880 and 1900, which depict, among other things, swimmers having fun at Coney Island and the everyday life of the city that never sleeps.

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(© The LIFE Picture Collection) ImageImage July 20, 1886 – Zelma Levison and her aunt Jo Grimwood throw a ball back and forth on a lawn in Prospect Park. Image
Aug 18 8 tweets 2 min read
(Please RT if you like this one!) Colorized by me: Lawn tennis players probably in the Boston area, circa 1890. 🎾 Original by Charles Henry Currier.
Aug 18 4 tweets 2 min read
Madalyn Murray O'Hair, pictured below on the steps of the US Supreme Court, was widely known as the woman who ended prayer in American public schools in the early 1960s. She "proudly accepted" the label "the most hated woman in America," given to her by Life magazine in 1964. An outspoken advocate of atheism, she was also a Holocaust denier.

Her older son William later became estranged from the family and went on to found the Christian Freedom Coalition.
Aug 17 11 tweets 5 min read
Genevieve Naylor's career began in 1937 when she became one of the first female photojournalists hired by the Associated Press. She would become best known for her photographs taken in Brazil from 1940 to 1943, which comprise a stunning collection of over 1,000 images.

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Aug 16 6 tweets 2 min read
I feel a huge sense of responsibility when I'm working on family photographs. Because photos are more than just photos - for better or worse, they're memories of a time that will not come back.

With my client's permission, I'd love to share this one below and tell you his story. "Despite this army photo, Vincent Madonna actually switched services and made his way into the Navy, serving aboard the USS Pamina.

As a Seabee, he saw action during the invasion of Guam.
Aug 13 9 tweets 2 min read
🧵 Creating a book. Each book takes us about two years to complete. Typically, we'll start by brainstorming and putting together a long list of potential events and names within the broad theme we've chosen to explore.

Here's a quick look at our first list for A Woman's World. + In A Woman's World, we had a list of probably 230 names or more, and they all made sense. That is, we were not just tossing random people into the list for the sake of volume. We had a reason to list every single name - and finding that ‘reason’ isn't as easy as it sounds...
Aug 11 14 tweets 4 min read
These photographs were shot between the turn of the twentieth century and the 1950s. They provide a fascinating glimpse into how much college dorms have changed over the last century or so.

Thread... 🧵 Male students with pipes in dorm room, Baylor University, ca. 1910.
Aug 5 10 tweets 3 min read
(Colorized by me) British suffragette and women's rights activist Rosa May Billinghurst.

Rosa, who had polio as a child, relied on an adapted tricycle to move around and was famous for using it to charge police officers during protests. Image Original via LSE Library Image
Aug 4 16 tweets 6 min read
In 2017-18, when we were working our first book together, The Colour of Time, we found ourselves repeating what would, over the months, become a familiar lament.

That book, like this one, was...

🧵 ... a world history told through digitally colourised photographs from the ‘black-and-white’ era – roughly speaking, 1850-1960.

Then, as now, the historical parameters we set ourselves were broad: we wanted our story to range far and wide, mingling the famous with...
Jul 30 7 tweets 3 min read
American photographer William Vandivert was one of the very few photographers who were working in color photography before the Second World War.

See these images below: they are some examples of his groundbreaking work. They were all taken in London during the Blitz.

🧵 This is definitely one of my favorites: Paul's Cathedral and the bomb damaged areas surrounding it.

Taken in 1940.
Jul 21 6 tweets 2 min read
On July 20, German army officer Claus Von Stauffenberg carried out an unsuccessful attempt to assassinate Adolf Hitler. "Stauffenburg planted an explosives-packed briefcase under a table that the Nazi leader was using. Stauffenberg then said he had to make a phone call and left the room. Another officer subsequently happened to move the briefcase out of place, farther away from Hitler.
Jul 21 20 tweets 5 min read
(Colorized by me) “Thousands of our noble soldiers have gladly given up their lives for their country. Should I hesitate to do as much?”

These are the words of a lady unknown to many, yet celebrated by many more as a heroine: Pauline Cushman, the actress who became a spy.

🧵 Image As the legend goes, the circumstances that brought her there were unusual: when performing at a Louisville theater, Cushman was approached by Confederate officers who offered her a $300 bribe if she would raise a toast to the Confederacy while on stage. Image
Jul 20 10 tweets 3 min read
“Thousands of our noble soldiers have gladly given up their lives for their country. Should I hesitate to do as much?”

These are the words of a lady unknown to many, yet celebrated by many more as a heroine: Pauline Cushman, one of the most successful Civil War spies.

🧵 As the legend goes, the circumstances that brought her there were unusual: performing at a Louisville theater, she was approached by Confederate officers who offered her a $300 bribe if she would raise a toast to the Confederacy while on stage.
Jul 17 14 tweets 4 min read
There is a weird book written by L.A. Vaught, published in 1902, called "Vaught's Practical Character Reader". In this book, the author outlines a dozen characteristics of human nature and "explains" how they manifest in people's facial features, like the size of the head.

(🧵) It is a book on phrenology, a "pseudoscience which involves the measurement of bumps on the skull to predict mental traits."

Phrenologists in the nineteenth century called it "the only true science of mind."
Jul 11 12 tweets 3 min read
If I could hang out with any historical figure, I would pick Aimée Crocker without hesitation. I came upon her story by accident a few months back and became instantly obsessed.

Crocker was a wild woman...
(🧵) ... who lived a life full of husbands, unexpected lovers - including a few monarchs, eccentric friends and insane adventures all over the world: from orchestrating a drinking game with Oscar Wilde to throwing huge parties where she would play the piano with her feet...
Jul 8 9 tweets 3 min read
Tianducheng, pictured below, is a city in China modeled after Paris. It's the craziest thing ever.

Follow the 🧵 for more replicas! ImageImageImage Here's a replica of London's Tower Bridge, in the Chinese city of Suzhou. Image
Jul 7 4 tweets 2 min read
(Please share if you enjoy this one) Colorized by me: The All-Star Teams at Griffith Stadium in 1937.

Lou Gehrig, Joe Cronin, Bill Dickey, Joe DiMaggio, Charley Gehringer, Jimmie Foxx, and Hank Greenberg - from left to right. All seven would eventually be elected to the Hall of Fame. Original photo via @librarycongress
Jul 3 6 tweets 2 min read
(Colorized by me): #OnThisDay in 1922, Intergovernmental Conference on Identity Certificates for Russian Refugees, convened by Fridtjof Nansen in Geneva, creates the Nansen passports (for stateless persons). Fridtjof Nansen was a Norwegian polymath and Nobel Peace Prize laureate. He gained prominence at various points in his life as an explorer, scientist, diplomat and humanitarian.