learned about this in history of photography today

It used to be much harder to send a selfie. In the 1860s, riders carried the mail from Missouri to California – covering 1,800 miles in 10 days. Today, visitors can explore sections of this famous mail route along the Pony Express National Historic Trail and learn about the challenges faced by the young men who kept the coasts connected. It might have been dangerous work, but you couldn’t beat the views. Photo from a section of the trail in Utah by Bob Wick, Bureau of Land Management (@mypubliclands).

Ask photography curator Sarah Meister about her job on Quora today! If you’re interested in photography, check out our free online course Seeing Through Photographs on Coursera. 

[Still from Sarah Meister, from Seeing Through Photographs. © 2016 The Museum of Modern Art]


The Jenny, the little plane that could.

As popular as the plane was with the Army, the Jenny came into her own after the war. The government sold hundreds of surplus JN-4s, some of them still in their shipping containers, to anyone with $300 (about $4,130 today), says Jeffery S. Underwood, a historian at the United States Air Force Museum at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio. The plane proved especially adept at barnstorming, becoming the most popular aircraft used in that daring sport. Thousands of pilots learned to fly in a Jenny, including Amelia Earhart.

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Book Photo Challenge Day 6 - Favorite Series

The Immortal Nicholas Flammel Series by Michael Scott

I got this back from my best friend Kara today. This was the first series that I just couldn’t wait to get my hands on. I’m also a huge history nerd and this series brought historical figures to life (literally and figuratively) for me and I even learned about a few gods and goddesses from other parts of the world. It was great fun and also managed to inch in a little bit of factual information for me to go and look up the characters’ real life biographies.


“A Thousand Midnights”: Chicago and the Legacy of the Great Migration

In early 2015, Carlos Javier Ortiz began working on “A Thousand Midnights,” a photo series and short film that use the surviving documents of his mother-in-law’s family history, juxtaposed with pictures of Chicago’s black communities today, to explore the legacy of the Great Migration a century after it began.

Learn more about his work on newyorker.com.