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Flashback Friday: New Photos of 1890s Irrigation and Pioneer Life in the North Platte Valley Reveal New Insights

 A Scottsbluff man was browsing an estate sale in 2014 when he noticed a box full of glass plate photographic negatives. Many were broken, but twenty-six were whole and contained recognizable views of local landmarks. He bought the box, and … Continue reading

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Throwback Thursday: New Photographs Reveal Details about 19th Century Lincoln

Have you ever seen a couple of 1883 fire engines take up an entire downtown Lincoln street as they battle for high-pressure, watery glory in a firefighter’s tournament? Thanks to a new acquisition by the NSHS, now you can. The … Continue reading

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Flashback Friday: Our People, Our Land, Our Images Indigenous Photography Exhibition Now Open

Opportunities to view indigenous peoples through the eyes of indigenous photographers are rare and recent. “Our People, Our Land, Our Images,” on display June 16-August 11 at the Nebraska History Museum in Lincoln, presents the works of three generations of … Continue reading

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Flashback Friday: Barbara and Ralph Fox Photo Exhibit

Today we’re highlighting one of the new exhibits at the newly-renovated Nebraska History Museum. “American Dreams in the Cold War: Photos by Barbara and Ralph Fox” is dedicated entirely to the photography work of UNL alumni Barbara and Ralph Fox. … Continue reading

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Through the Lens of Wallace Rhodes

Phyllis Rhodes (1908-2003) was the only child of John Wallace Rhodes (1878-1947) and Rubina “Ruby” J. (Hutton) Rhodes (1878-1971). As far as is known, she never married and had no children. But a family need not produce a legion of … Continue reading

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Nebraska Photographers in Convention

“Lincoln today and for several days will be in the hands of the picture takers,” said the Omaha Bee on May 14, 1903, “for at this time the photographers from all over the state are holding their fourteenth annual convention.” … Continue reading

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Nebraska’s Unlikely Landscapes

A rocky outcrop is covered with small round cacti. Wide dusty badlands look like a backdrop for a Wild West movie. High rocky bluffs make the landscape below look miniature. It may come as a surprise to many (even Nebraskans!) … Continue reading

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Spirit Photography

Unidentified woman and her attendant spirit c.1890.(RG3507.PH11-7) With the discovery of photography, along with using the technique of double exposing a negative, many interesting images have appeared through the years. The deliberate creation of a spirit photograph by a photographer … Continue reading

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Photograph Blues

Elliot School Victory Garden (All Photos)(RG2882.PH8-2) Do not adjust the color on your screen. These photographs really are blue.  They are called cyanotypes and can be easily recognized by their uniform, bright blue color. Cyanotypes are created using light sensitive … Continue reading

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Lazy Days of Summer

RG2836.PH189 (left) Are you enjoying your summer as much as the boys in this photograph? This image was captured in about 1915 by Emanuel Wolfe.  Surprisingly, Wolfe was not a professional photographer. He owned and operated a successful dry goods … Continue reading

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