Two things I came across recently that I wanted to share here.
First is this web site/slide show: The 1940's. Turn your speakers up and you can hear music from the era to go along with the photos. It is interesting, with lots of good information.
Second is an article I read today in the January/February 2011 issue of History: The History Channel Magazine, entitled "Library Receives 'Landmark Gift.'" The article is about a recent gift to the Library of Congress of a "large trove of photographs from the Civil War era." According to Library officials, "the donation was the largest collection of Civil War photography they've ever received in as many as 50 years."
The collection includes almost 700 photographs of soldiers - taken before they went to war. Most of them are of Union soldiers, and for the most part (emphasis added by Liz) are unidentified. (This may be your chance to find a picture of your Civil War ancestor!) The collection also includes a few photos of African-American soldiers, women and children.
The Library is planning an exhibition of the photos in April, which is the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War.
Here's the best part for us genealogists: Many of images have already been digitized and are available to view HERE.
So check it out... you never know who you may find!