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Baton Rouge Mardi Gras? Not so much . . . until 1933

Mardi Gras in Baton Rouge

Mardi Gras in Baton Rouge has had a long and spotty history. For the most part, it wasn’t really celebrated here. The earliest celebrations were a mix of Mardi Gras and celebration of the Washington Fire Company’s organization in 1836.

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Old Skool Photoshop

Contact print, showing before and after retouching.

Long before the days of glamour shots and digital images edited with Photoshop, many traditional film photographers used a method of retouching the original negative with a finely pointed lead pencil to achieve a smooth, desirable skin texture. Drawing on

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“Merry Christmas Y’all”: The Gleason Collection

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David King Gleason worked as a photographer in Baton Rouge from the 1950s through the 1990s. Like most photographers, Gleason made a living though studio portraiture and wedding photography in the early years of his career. Beginning in the early

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What will these become?

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Hello, and welcome to our ongoing examination of one architecture seminars’ experience with 3D scanning and printing technology! The class—ARCH 5004—explores the translation of digital models into physical models through analog (wood shop, hand craft) and digital fabrication tools (laser

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Recent donation of historic photographs presents archival mystery

The Minstrel Show, Cairo, Illinois
Circa 1920

One of the best things about working at the archives in Hill Memorial Library is you just don’t know when something interesting is going to come walking in the door. Of course, most days we don’t see anything new come

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