Photo of the Week: Happy 4th!

Sunset, Coney Island, 1966, V1988.12.92; Otto Dreschmeyer Brooklyn slides, v1988.12; Brooklyn Historical Society.

Sunset, Coney Island, 1966, V1988.12.92; Otto Dreschmeyer Brooklyn slides, v1988.12; Brooklyn Historical Society.

We hope you enjoyed a relaxing, safe, and happy July 4th holiday! With that in mind, the photo of the week is a double-exposure depicting the sunset at Coney Island as well as a fireworks display taken in August of 1966. A double-exposure is when two images are exposed on a single frame, creating a layered and unique visual effect.

This photograph comes from the Otto Dreschmeyer Brooklyn slides collection that comprises 157 color slides taken by amateur photographer, Otto Dreschmeyer, from 1965 to 1968. Dreschmeyer was a lifetime resident of the Ridgewood neighborhood of Queens and photographed throughout Brooklyn, likely using a Hasselblad camera. The subjects of his photographs include beach scenes of Sheepshead Bay and Coney Island, scenes from the annual Brooklyn Memorial Day Parade in 1965 and the exhibitions or installations at Brooklyn Botanic Garden. This collection is fully digitized and may be viewed online here.

Interested in seeing more photos from BHS’s collection? Visit our online image gallery, which includes a selection of our images. Interested in seeing even more historic Brooklyn images? Visit our Brooklyn Visual Heritage website here. To search BHS’s entire collection of images, archives, maps, and special collections visit BHS’s Othmer Library Wed-Sat, 1:00-5:00 p.m. library@brooklynhistory.org

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