Documerica: Seeing the Seventies More Clearly

Today's blog post comes from Hannah Fenster, summer intern with the Public Affairs Office. Ever wonder why your photographs of the 1970s are slowly changing color? Hint: They don’t want makeovers or need more fuchsia in their lives. More likely, their aging appearances come from the original film type and from years of storage at … Continue reading Documerica: Seeing the Seventies More Clearly

Jack Corn, DOCUMERICA Photographer

Today's post comes from Nikita Buley, an intern in the National Archives Office of Strategy and Communications. Jack Corn, a retired photojournalist and professor, came to visit the "Searching for the Seventies" exhibit here at the National Archives, bringing along his family and one of his former students. Why? He was one of the 70 … Continue reading Jack Corn, DOCUMERICA Photographer

Helvetica and Supergraphics: The Design Behind Our New Exhibit

Today's post comes from Nikita Buley, an intern in the National Archives Office of Strategy and Communications. I sat down with Amanda Perez, exhibit and graphic designer at the National Archives, to talk about her  work for our new "Searching for the Seventies" exhibit. Halfway through the interview, we were joined by Dan Falk, visual … Continue reading Helvetica and Supergraphics: The Design Behind Our New Exhibit

Facial Hair Friday: Vagabond Goatee

It gets harder to find worthy examples of bearded and mustachioed Americans in our holdings after the first decades of the 20th century, when facial hair went out of fashion. Fortunately for us, we can look into a decade known for groovy facial hair: the 1970s. This is one of our most popular images, though … Continue reading Facial Hair Friday: Vagabond Goatee

The Legacy of the 1970s Energy Crisis

Today's post comes from Gregory Marose, an intern in the National Archives Office of Strategy and Communications. If you've ever been stuck in traffic on the Beltway, you know Americans love their cars, trucks, and motorcycles. So when fuel shortages occur, like in the 1970s, energy policy becomes a hotly debated issue. Federal energy policy … Continue reading The Legacy of the 1970s Energy Crisis

Thursday Photo Caption Contest

Choosing the winner was as easy as falling off a log for our guest judge Andrea Matney, who has experience balancing guest speakers and programming for the Know Your Records series. Congratulations to the excellently named Ryan Tickle! Your caption tickled our funnybone and--combined with the oppressive heat this week--made us all long to be at … Continue reading Thursday Photo Caption Contest

Beer = mc2

Today's post comes from National Archives Office of Strategy and Communications staff writer Rob Crotty. In 1885, Munich's Oktoberfest was celebrated under the glow of the electric light for the first time. Who was responsible for that feat? None other than Albert Einstein himself. Granted, it may have been his father and uncle who are … Continue reading Beer = mc2

Internet sensation discovered at the National Archives

Today's post comes from National Archives Office of Strategy and Communications staff writer Rob Crotty. Internet memes are a new phenomenon. What is an Internet meme? It's a random, quirky, 'thing' that takes the Internet by storm and for the briefest of moments enters the American dialogue. Often times logging in millions of hits for … Continue reading Internet sensation discovered at the National Archives