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31, May 2017

Now Play Ball . . . On the Radio?

What could have captured the attention of this many St. Louisans in the early years of the Great Depression? Cardinals baseball, of course! In this photo taken for the Sievers Studio by Harold Sneckner, fans gathered outside of the Hunleth Music Company to listen to game 4 of the 1931 World Series between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Philadelphia Athletics. Look closely and you’ll see the radio perched on the fire escape. Something we take for granted now—listening to baseball games on the radio—was considered fairly cutting edge in the early 1930s. It was also somewhat controversial. Read more »

21, April 2017

Isaac Sievers: The Man Who'd Photograph Anything

Isaac Sievers—Sievers Studio founder and the man behind many of the photographs featured in our Picturing 1930s St. Louis project—was the son of a German immigrant and an Arkansas native. The 1910 census, which lists him working as a salesman in the “picture line” industry in his hometown of Greenville, Mississippi, reveals that he’d already been bitten by the photography bug at just 24 years old. Read more »

15, March 2017

Unlocking a Treasure Trove of STL History

Last September, MHM’s Photos and Prints department began processing our Sievers Studio Collection, which contains the original negatives and select prints created by the Sievers Studio between 1918 and 1989. Thanks to funding provided by the NHPRC, we’re creating a detailed index describing each photo shoot and making some item-level records for the 1930s images. We've mainly been tackling the index up to now, and that work has helped us know how many and what kinds of images we have. Now we're starting to review the 3,600+ identified images from the indexed records to select some of the more interesting ones,  Read more »