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Subject: Window Views

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This is an assortment of photographs from the Photographic History Collection at the National Museum of American History related to windows. This collection was created in response to the COVID-19 quarantine project known as window serenade.

The photographs in this collection were made by snapshot, amateur, commercial, fine art, and professional photographers. They used windows for a range of artistic, cultural, metaphorical, and other purposes. The photographic processes and formats are as diverse as their uses for display, communication, documentation, entertainment, and expression.

Photographers included in this collection are, Paul Anderson, Max Baur, Paul Caponigro, Mac Cosgrove-Davies, Rudolf Eickemeyer Jr,  Elliot Erwitt, Elizabeth Bliss Howe, Gertrude Kasebier, Frederick Langenheim and Alexander Beckers, Fred Maroon, Joel Meyerowitz, Chuck Mintz, Carl Mydans, Titian Ramsay Peale, Charles Ruston, Kosti Ruohomaa, Burk Uzzle, Diana Walker, Edward Weston, and Joseph Zalensky.

This Learning Lab collection focuses primarily on domestic spaces and photographer's studios rather than storefront windows or notably public spaces. 

For additional images, search collections.si.edu.

Keywords: window, windows, through my window, from my window, sunlit, window light, view from window, out window, looking out of window, window serenade, view to exterior

Historical notes:

The Langenheim and Beckers photograph from their studio window may be the first paper photograph of New York City. 

Titian Ramsay Peale made experimental photographs and views from his Washington, DC home in the 1850s.

Charles Rushton photographed photographers living and working in the American southwest in the 1980s. For more than the few seen in this collection, see the collection Charles Rushton in the Learning Lab.


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NMAH Photographic History Collection

Still Life: Chinese Lanterns

National Museum of American History

Looking out of Adobe Window

National Museum of American History

Boy sitting on a bed in the oil boom town of Freer

National Museum of American History

Krislyn

National Museum of American History

German man travling on a train

National Museum of American History

A Hoosier

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Man tinkering by the window

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Self portrait in dark window with Minolta SRT101

National Museum of American History

Barnum's Museum, New York

National Museum of American History

Advertising on Buildings

National Museum of American History

From My Window: Summer

National Museum of American History

Man through diner window

National Museum of American History

Man in Bar & Grill Window

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Man smoking and sitting next to window

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Breakfast or dining room, interior

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City view from G Street Window

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From our back window G Street Washington DC

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View from Hotel Window, Tulsa

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Brick Wall and Window

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San Jose Rose Window

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Street Sign from Car Window

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Toddler girl in car window

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Young girl holding a doll

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Boy Through Broken Car Window

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Last photograph of mother

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Double Vision LA Freeways

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Man reading letter to group

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Women talking to men through an open window

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church window

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Woman standing in front of window

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portrait of couple by doorway

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portrait of woman in window

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portrait of young man by window

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Steve Fitch, 1992

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Lawrence Huff

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Joel-Peter Witkin

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Jim Bones

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Rolf Koppel

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Thomas Barrow

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Photographer capturing press in Press Room

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Frosted Window #1, Revere, Massachusetts, 1957

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Sioux Indians drawing in Kasebier's Studio

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Two bottles against window

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A Yarmouth Window Garden

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Two women sitting in shop window

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The Window Garden

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Vice-President Al Gore

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Epilogue

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The Ascent of Attic Angles

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portrait of man in living room

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Elderly man seated at window

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resting on the boarded window

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Workmen installing a window in a prefabricated home

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Three men work in a very bare room

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pipes and walkways with a window in the background

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Semi-private room in Petoskey Hospital

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Alfred Pope and family

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Elderly woman reading

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Mrs. Frank Mitchell

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Little Girl in Sunlit Room

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Dorothy Graham

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The Fringed Shawl

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Looking South Series

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Looking South Series

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Looking South Series

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Look Outside Your World

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