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American Photographs

This collection represents a collection of images taken from 39,744 negatives and 1600 U.S historical photographic prints from one of America's earliest news picture agencies: Bain. The collection is comprised of sports photographs, theatre photographs, celebrity photographs, crime photographs, strike photographs, disaster photographs, and photographs of 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 photographs of 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.

Cathedral of St. John the Divine - working on an angel

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Cathedral of St. John the Divine - working on an angel

Capt. A.H. Rostron and under officers of "Carpathia"

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Capt. A.H. Rostron and under officers of "Carpathia"

Hitachayama, Jap. wrestler

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Hitachayama, Jap. wrestler

Prof. Henry Solon Graves, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing front

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Prof. Henry Solon Graves, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing front

Prof. Paul Ehrlich

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Prof. Paul Ehrlich

Return from the fishing, Lerwick

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Return from the fishing, Lerwick

Taft & Roosevelt driving to Capitol, Mar. 4, 1909

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Taft & Roosevelt driving to Capitol, Mar. 4, 1909

Photographers at President Taft's inauguration, March 4, 1909

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Photographers at President Taft's inauguration, March 4, 1909

Wilson and Taft arrive at Capitol

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Wilson and Taft arrive at Capitol

Busoni

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Busoni

Kermit Roosevelt and his wife Belle, both full-length, standing

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Kermit Roosevelt and his wife Belle, both full-length, standing

Captain Archibald Willingham Butt, soldier and story writer whom Mr. Taft has selected for his personal military aide

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Captain Archibald Willingham Butt, soldier and story writer whom Mr. Taft has...

Wright brothers aeroplane - patented plans, 1908

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Wright brothers aeroplane - patented plans, 1908

Robert William Meusel, New York Yankees outfielder, full-length portrait, facing right, swinging baseball bat

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Robert William Meusel, New York Yankees outfielder, full-length portrait, fac...

Commander Peary's headquarters in North Greenland, Sept. 1909

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Commander Peary's headquarters in North Greenland, Sept. 1909

William J. Dalton, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing slightly right

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William J. Dalton, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing slightly right

Rev. W. J. Dalton

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Rev. W. J. Dalton

Columbia University football players - upper class eleven

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Columbia University football players - upper class eleven

Columbia University football, Metcalf training half-back candidates

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Columbia University football, Metcalf training half-back candidates

Carlisle School football squad

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Carlisle School football squad