The Birth of the American Political Cartoon, 1754 – 1776
Wednesday, September 26
This collection review will excavate the broadsides, engravings, political cartoons, caricatures, and propaganda that transformed early American politics. Canvasing the African Americana and Political Cartoon Collections, these materials offer a glimpse at a political culture that makes today’s exchanges appear positively demure by contrast.
Women and Photography: “More Work for the Ladies”
Wednesday, October 19
As both professional and amateur photographers, women played a role in photography from its very earliest days. Drawing on the Library Company’s strong photography collection and related material, attendees will have the opportunity to learn about nearly a century of female photographers and see examples of their work ranging from an early 1850s daguerreotype to photographic portraits coming out of a West Philadelphia studio in the first few decades of the 20th century.