Nathan Bernstein’s Photo Album
This summer I have the opportunity to be the photo archives intern at the Jewish Museum of Maryland. As an art history major, an internship at a museum seemed like a great fit. In particular, I was interested to work as the photo archives intern because I love how history can be reflected through different mediums.
One of the first objects I have dealt with was a photograph album. This album belonged to Nathan Bernstein and had photographs of relatives from both his maternal and paternal side, with the earliest photographs coming from the end of the 19th century.
The coolest part was seeing photographs of individuals at different stages of their life; to see them as children then grow old, and see how the fashion evolved too (this is most evident with the women). It was also really neat to see photographs of young adults grow, and then to see the photographs of their children.
The album was filled with photographs of various family members at various points in time from the late 19th to early-mid 20th century. Its so amazing to see snap shots of ordinary people at various points in time from a lifetime ago. Finding this album was a real treasure and I’m excited to see what other interesting things I’ll discover later during my time as the photo archives intern this summer!