Category Archives: Photograph Collection

A Funny-Looking Airplane

Above is an LS Cruiser, built by Lincoln Standard Aircraft Company of Lincoln, Nebraska, and shown here sometime between 1920 and 1922. The photo is from the NSHS collections and appears in Wings Over Nebraska: Historic Aviation Photographs, published by … Continue reading

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On Omaha’s “Streets of Cairo” in 1898

The best-known photographs of Omaha’s 1898 Trans-Mississippi and International Exposition feature the elegant Grand Court (which looked even more spectacular at night, thanks to an unprecedented use of electric lighting). But next to the Grand Court was the not-so-elegant Midway, … Continue reading

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Holiday Wishes from 1948

The staff of the Varsity Theatre, located in 1948 at 143 North Thirteenth Street in Lincoln, wished the movie-going public a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year in the above staff picture, published December 25, 1948, in Lincoln newspapers. An … Continue reading

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Major Pembleton’s Baby Drummers

Major Pembleton’s Baby Drummers, depicted in the photograph above, were a familiar feature at turn-of-the century Grand Army of the Republic reunions in Nebraska. Musician and Civil War veteran M. L. Pembleton (1846-1915), who resided at York, recruited his wife … Continue reading

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More from the Corner Drugstore

We’re always pleased when readers can provide more information about the photos we post. In response to a recent post, “The Corner Drugstore, 1934,” we received this comment: Dr. Geo. Strassler says: October 24, 2012 at 10:04 am SW corner … Continue reading

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The Corner Drugstore, 1934

One of the joys of the extensive NSHS photo collection is the inevitability of stumbling upon interesting photos that have nothing to do with what you’re actually looking for. (This is one reason we have a blog.) Here’s a scene … Continue reading

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A Pan of Fudge

Six girls and their bemused-looking chaperone posed for this photograph in a pennant-bedecked room, possibly at York College, York, Nebraska, in about 1910. Many food historians trace the origins of fudge to the dormitories of Ivy League colleges in the … Continue reading

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A Birdman at the Fair

The star attraction of the 1911 Dawes County Fair in Chadron, held September 12-15, was the twice-daily exhibition flights by barnstormer Charles F. Walsh (1877-1912)., a native of California. Walsh, flying a Curtiss biplane, was advertised by the Chadron Journal … Continue reading

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The Ghost in the Camera

Ghosts? Spirits? Wisps of ectoplasm? In 1861 Boston photographer William H. Mumler discovered that he could produce a second, “ghostly” image on his photographic plates if he deliberately re-exposed them for a short time. He claimed he had photographed actual … Continue reading

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Doing Hard Time

A little over a year ago, I was asked if I would like to curate a small temporary photograph exhibit that would be featured in a newly created space on the third floor of the Nebraska History Museum. Exhibits Coordinator … Continue reading

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