Author Archives: Tess Colwell

Photo of the Week: Cabinet Cards

The Cabinet Card, like the one depicted above, was similar to the carte de visite in that they both consisted of paper photographic prints mounted on card stock. The Cabinet Card, however, is larger in size at around 4.25 in … Continue reading

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Photo of the Week: Spring

*Update: We originally attributed this photograph to Brooklyn Botantic Garden, but thanks to reader feedback and to our colleagues at BBG we were able to confirm that it is in fact Prospect Park. Look how the public helps us update our … Continue reading

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Bushwick and her Neighbors, Vol. 1-3 now online!

Brooklyn Historical Society received a generous grant from Gerry Charitable Trust in 2015 to digitize and catalog seven scrapbooks from the Eugene L. Armbruster photographs and scrapbooks [Arc.308]. Eugene Armbruster was an amateur photographer and historian during the late 19th … Continue reading

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Photo of the Week: Reliable & Frank’s

The photo of the week depicts the interior of Reliable and Frank’s, an Army-Navy store located across from the Brooklyn Navy Yard, in 1978. The store sold uniforms to sailors until 1966, when the Navy decommissioned the Yard. Despite this, … Continue reading

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Photo of the Week: Bernard Gotfryd photographs

The Bernard Gotfryd color slides and photographs is one of my favorite collections at Brooklyn Historical Society. Gotfryd’s photographs capture Brooklyn street scenes with children playing, people sitting on stoops, and sidewalk activity from 1965 to 1983. The photo of the week … Continue reading

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