View Historic Photographs & Prints by Decade from the 1890s
1898. Photograph by Ensminger Brothers Photography. “Alligator shot by the captain of 4th Illinois Volunteers: Jacksonville, Florida.”
From the State Library & Archives of Florida.
1898. Unknown Photographer. “Group at Ballard Park on August 14, 1898: Mary Knight, Fannie Fuller, Marian Goodwin, Alice Merriam, & Grace Parker.”
From the Camden Public Library.
1893. Photograph by the Waterman Co., Chicago, Ill. “Ferris wheel at the Chicago World’s Fair.”
From the Library of Congress.
1890-1910. Print Lithograph by U.S. Lithographic Co. Russell-Morgan Print “Harry Houdini: the world’s handcuff king and prison breaker. Houdini invites you to bring your own regulation handcuffs, & etc.”
From the New York Public Library
Louis Rhead was an acclaimed English-American artist and author. He created works in a variety of mediums, but remains most known for his striking Art Nouveau posters and advertisements.
Rhead emigrated to New York City in 1883 when he was just 24 years old to work as an art director at a US firm. He later capitalized on the poster craze of the 1890s, and the growing popularity of the Art Nouveau style.
Rhead’s excellent command of the figure and composition made him a sought after illustrator in his time. While less known than Alphones Mucha, Toulouse-Lautrec, and Aubrey Beardsley, Rhead deserves a place among the pantheon of his more well-known European contemporaries.
From the Library of Congress
1895. Unknown Photographer. “Portrett av Bernhard Nordahl.” Translation: “Portrait of Bernhard Nordahl.”
Bernhard Nordahl was a Norwegian polar explorer. He was a crew member on an expedition across the arctic ocean. He was born in Oslo in 1862 and died in 1922.
1890. “Group portrait of men under a tree, Rancho Santa Anita.”
From the California Historical Society
1899. Photograph by Detroit Publishing Co. “Joseph Richard Busk’s iron sloop Mischief (Archibald Cary Smith design, 1879). She successfully defended the America’s Cup in 1881. She is pictured here in Morgan Cup on August 8th, 1891, which she won in her class.”