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Historic America video tour of The Old Print Gallery

Last week we filmed with Aaron Killian, writer, historian, and president and founder of Historic America. Aaron is dedicated to bringing the history of our country to life through interactive publishing, tours, and the creation of digital historic research material. We were thrilled to be asked to do a video with him about our collection of historic prints- and to share our unique inventory with a whole new group of followers and history enthusiasts.

In the video, we share seven prints from our inventory, touch upon the role of prints throughout history, and talk a bit about our long 40+ year history as a gallery. It was fun morning of filming- Aaron was an engaging host, and kept the whole process super easy for this video newbie, asking stimulating and smart questions and sharing interesting facts along the way.

For more information on the prints show in the video, follow the links below:
Montanus 17th century view of St. Augustine
Edward Savage portrait of the Washington Family
Original Washington Monument Plan
Inauguration of Abraham Lincoln
Currier and Ives’ lithograph of The Battle of Bull Run
Colton’s Washington DC map
DC Circus Poster

We hope you enjoy the video! Thanks again to Aaron Killian of Historic America– we encourage all of our blog readers to book a tour with Aaron you will see DC in a whole new light and learn a lot! Also, make sure to check out the Historic America blog– you can spend hours watching his videos and reading about our nation’s past (and present)- a fantastic site for history-buffs.

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Inauguration Day in Washington

With Inauguration Day just around the corner, we thought it would be fun to present our readers with antique prints of past inaugurations. DC is currently  busy at work preparing for the great influx of people about to descent on our city to see President Obama start his second term. Extra cell phone towers are popping up on the mall, streets are being repaved and repainted, and the DC  government is (as we speak) building large viewing platforms, fitted with wide screen TVs and heating.

Yet despite our city’s tech-savvy face-lift, when you look at these old prints, you’ll noticed not much has changed. Yes, Obama will be in a limo, not a horse and carriage like some past presidents. And visitors will probably notice less top hats and petticoats and more smart phones in the crowds than in years past. Yet all of the fanfare and excitement that comes as a result of witnessing an important day in history- that resonates both in the images of the past and in present day. People will still climb to rooftop vistas and immerse themselves into the thick crowds that line Pennsylvania Avenue. Balls will still be held under the red, white, and blue flags and bunting. And the tradition of swearing in a president for another four-year term will continue. 

We hope you enjoy these great images from the past! (Out of town visitors- feel free to escape the weekend crowds and stop by our  gallery to see these prints in person! We are open Tuesday- Saturday from 10 am to 5:20 pm.) 

President Lincoln's Reinauguration at the Capitol. Hand-colored wood engraving published by Harper’s Weekly, 1865.

President Lincoln’s Reinauguration at the Capitol.  Published by Harper’s Weekly. Hand colored, wood engraving, 1865. [Abraham Lincoln]

The Inauguration of President Harrison. By Thulstrup and Graham. Published by Harper's Weekly. Hand colored wood engraving, 1889.

The Inauguration of President Harrison. The Procession Returning from the Capitol. By Thulstrup and Graham. Published by Harper’s Weekly. Hand colored wood engraving, 1889. [Benjamin Harrison].

The Inauguration Ball in the Pension Building, Washington.  By Thulstrup and Graham. Published by Harper’s Weekly. Hand colored wood engraving, 1889.

The Inauguration Ball in the Pension Building, Washington. By Thulstrup and Graham. Published by Harper’s Weekly. Hand colored wood engraving, 1889. [Benjamin Harrison].

The Inauguration Ball. By G. W. Peters. Published by Harper's Weekly. Handcolored wood engraving, 1893.

The Inauguration Ball. By G. W. Peters. Published by Harper’s Weekly. Hand colored wood engraving, 1893. [Grover Cleveland].

Inauguration Day in Washington.  View from the Dome of the New Congressional Library - Crowds Gathering to Witness the Ceremony at the East Front of the Capitol. By G. W. Peters. Published by Harper's Weekly. Hand colored wood engraving, 1889. [Benjamin Harrison].

Inauguration Day in Washington. View from the Dome of the New Congressional Library – Crowds Gathering to Witness the Ceremony at the East Front of the Capitol. By G. W. Peters. Published by Harper’s Weekly. Hand colored wood engraving, 1889. [Benjamin Harrison].

The Inauguration Ball, Washington, March 4th. The Entrance to North Wing of the Treasury Building. - Arrival of Guests. By James E. Taylor. Published by Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper. Wood engraving, 1869. [Ulysses S. Grant].

The Inauguration Ball, Washington, March 4th. The Entrance to North Wing of the Treasury Building. – Arrival of Guests. By James E. Taylor. Published by Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper. Wood engraving, 1869. [Ulysses S. Grant].

The Inauguration of President Garfield. By A. B. Frost. Published by Harper’s Weekly. Wood engraving, 1881.  [James A. Garfield].

The Inauguration of President Garfield. By A. B. Frost. Published by Harper’s Weekly. Wood engraving, 1881. [James A. Garfield].

 

 

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