unknown portrait

Hand-colored tintype portrait of three unidentified African American women, c. 1856.

Source: Harvard Library.

Tintype portrait of a cobbler posing with his tools and shoes, c. 1800′s.

Source: National Museum of American History.

Lillian Gish, studio portrait, nd

‘You know, when I first went into the movies Lionel Barrymore played my grandfather. Later he played my father and finally he played my husband. If he had lived I’m sure I would have played his mother. That’s the way it is in Hollywood. The men get younger and the women get older.’- Lillian Gish

Tintype portrait of an unidentified man posing with a violin titled “yours if you want it,” c. 1800′s.

Source: National Museum of American History.

In addition to being “an example of somebody who’s done an amazing job and is being recognized more and more” and someone whose “contributions…will become more and more,” Frederick Douglass was, among other things, an abolitionist, author, orator, social reformer, escaped slave, newspaper editor, and supporter of women’s rights. And he died in 1895.

image: Photographer unknown, Portrait of Frederick Douglass, 1876, photographic print. The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens.