Photo of the week: Happy Fourth of July!

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

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

All of us at BHS wish you a happy Fourth of July! With that in mind, we bring you some fireworks over Brooklyn. The photo of the week is a double-exposure depicting a Coney Island Sunset and fireworks. A double-exposure is a photographic method that involves opening the camera shutter twice to expose the film multiple times. This results with two separate images superimposed onto one image.

This photograph comes from the Otto Dreshmeyer Brooklyn slides collection comprised of 157 color slides taken from 1965 to 1968. Dreshmeyer took most of the photographs in Brooklyn, likely using a Hasselblad camera, documenting the annual Brooklyn Memorial Day parade, Brooklyn Public Library at Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, and many beach scenes at Coney Island. To view more photographs from this collection, check out this gallery.

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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