The inauguration of the Statue of Liberty, “Liberty Enlightening the World”, in New York Harbor, on October 28, 1886. A military and naval salute, marked the event, presided over by U.S. President Grover Cleveland.
Posts tagged 19th Century
A Native American man stands in the left foreground watching Phoebe Anne “Annie Oakley” Moses shoot at targets in the air during a performance of Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show at Earl’s Court in England in 1892. The man has a blanket wrapped around his body. Annie shoots with her left arm fully extended. She […]
At a height of 150 feet, this bridge in Dale Creek, Wyoming, sometimes swayed in strong winds. The longest trestle on the Union Pacific Railroad’s line, its soaring height and stilt-like supports still inspire awe. William Henry Jackson hiked partway into the dry, inhospitable creekbed to take this image, pointing his camera upward to maximize the […]
Friends and family of Theresa Babb perched on a ladder above Camden by the Summit House hotel on August 17, 1898. This photo comes from the personal collection of Theresa Babb, the wife of the treasurer of the Knox Mill in Camden, Maine. Her sister Grace Parker is at the top of the ladder. The Summit House […]
In the 19th century, American bison were hunted to near extinction. Entrepreneurs and hunters killed the animals for their prized skins and left their bodies behind to decay. In this picture, a poacher is seen standing on a pile of around 100,000 bison skulls waiting to be crushed down for fertilizer.
One of several delegations that Red Cloud (center) led to Washington between 1870 and the 1890s (this picture is believed to have occurred in June 1880) to advocate on behalf of the Sioux. Left to right: Red Dog, Little Wound, John Bridgeman (interpreter), Red Cloud, American Horse, and Red Shirt. Oglala Sioux, before 1876.
Eggnog is one of those things you either love or hate. Whatever opinions West Point Military Academy officials had about eggnog before Christmas 1826 is unknown. After Christmas 1826, officials at one of the country’s most prestigious and disciplined military academy came to loathe the holiday drink. After all, a riot fueled by eggnog destroyed […]
The cowboy was one of the quintessential symbol of the American frontier. Photographer J.C.H. Grabill took this 1887 photo of a cowboy posing on a horse with a lasso and rifle attached to the saddle. At the time, Grabill was living in Sturgis in the Dakota Territory so it is possibly this photograph was taken there.