Inexpensive holiday gifts courtesy of the U.S. taxpayer: The Library of Congress has always made photographic prints from its collection available for purchase. These aren't rare vintage prints of the sort you'd pay tens of thousands of dollars for in a gallery, but in many cases they are actual photographic prints made from the original negatives—and if you care for the objects as photographs rather than investments or objets d'art, that's often good enough. This superb portrait of a Klickitat brave, for example, costs only $28 for an 8x10, $37 for an 11x14, and $46 for a 16x20.
Right now there's a great African-American section available, including the natty family at left as well as an awe-inspiring portrait of Harriet Tubman looking downright regal, among other things. Check out the Famous Photographers section too—how else are you going to be able to afford one of Alexander Gardner's portraits of Abe Lincoln?
All in all, fun stuff for lovers of photographs.
Posted by: MIKE JOHNSTON