NY Times Lively Morgue Tumblr

The New York Times is releasing some pretty incredible photos from their art department archive known as “The Lively Morgue.” The unique aspect of this particular collection is that each image is presented front and back, giving the viewer insight into the history of each image.

The Times’s picture library was originally part of the art department, not the news department. Once it was consolidated with the newsroom clipping file, however, it came to be called the morgue. Explanations differ as to the origins of that name, but it’s safe to say that the clippings were originally biographical and kept close at hand in case a subject dropped dead around deadline, requiring an instant obituary. Whatever the case, any morgue that includes a bus-sized, helium-filled Bullwinkle hovering over Times Square is a very lively morgue indeed.  –LivelyMorgue.Tumblr

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