Frocks and Frills: Children’s Fashion at the Turn of the 20th Century

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Marriott C. Morris took this photograph of his son, Marriott Jr., in 1903 outside their house on Cresheim Road in the Mt. Airy neighborhood.  Young Marriott’s attire was typical for a boy of three at the time: skirted sailor suit, long hair,…

Down the Shore with Marriott C. Morris

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About seven miles north of Avocado, the Morris family shore house located in Sea Girt, New Jersey, is the small town of Ocean Grove.  Founded in 1869 by a group of devout Methodists as a permanent camp meeting location, Ocean Grove became a…

LCP Demand in Cyberspace

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Partnerships with a range of online publications are giving the Library Company’s collections and curatorial insights new visibility. The Print Department’s charming and informative blog posts began to reach an audience of a whole new…

WWI Graphics on ImPAC

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On the 100th anniversary of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand this June, a consortium of archival institutions in the Delaware Valley launched "Home Before the Leaves Fall:  The Great War," a digital resource highlighting little-known…

Negative/Positive

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The way we experience photographs today is very different from the way people experienced them 120 years ago.  We press the shutter on our digital cameras without concern; if the photograph doesn’t turn out it can easily be deleted.  We…

Marriott C. Morris Collection Online

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Over the next year, more than 1600 glass negatives, photographic prints, film negatives, and lantern slides by Philadelphia photographer Marriott Canby Morris (1863-1948) will be processed, digitized, and used to create a permanent online exhibition. …

The Marriott C. Morris Photograph Collection

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A young woman leans against a painted brick wall, her back straight and her hair dark hair pulled into a knot at the top of her head. She holds a baby in her arms wrapped snugly in a knitted blanket. The baby’s left hand is a blur of motion;…

Fine and Popular: Print Department at the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic Annual Meeting, July 17-20, 2016

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On September 19th, Curator Sarah Weatherwax and Associate Curator Erika Piola happily joined over 500 fellow scholars and academics of early 19th-century history at the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic 36th Annual…

Print Department Welcomes Alison Van Denend

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For the past month Alison Van Denend has been hard at work in the Print Department as our International Fine Print Dealers Association (IFPDA) Foundation summer curatorial intern. Alison completed her MA in Art History with a Certificate…