Posted on June 13th, 2013 by Rachel
A blog post by summer intern Katharine Harper. Kathy is working in our photo archives with senior collections manager Jobi Zink.
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 first photograph seen in the album, Nathan’s paternal grandmother.
The back of the photograph…why do I never see handwriting like this anymore?
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.
Flora Boettigheimer on the right as Flora Sussman, a young girl.
Moses Boettigheimer, Nathan’s maternal uncle, as a young man on the left, and Moses and Flora on the right as adults and a married couple.
The Boettigheimer’s son, Fred, as a grown man on the left. Flora as an old woman with her two grown daughters, Harriet and Sadie, in the center. Moses as an old man on the right, and Harriet and Sadie at the bottom with Nathan Bernstein’s mother.
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!
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