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Picture This! Podcast

Take a deep dive into the stories behind some of our most enigmatic images in the photo archives collection. Digital Archivist Jill Hartke narrates.


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Picture This Ep1
Van Tassel Balloon Launch

Go on a balloon ride with saloon-keeper Park Van Tassel as we look at the photograph of his historic launch from what was then downtown Albuquerque—way back in 1882.

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Dawson, New Mexico

Dig into New Mexico mining history. Dawson, New Mexico, located southwest of Raton in Colfax County, was a vibrant mining town in the early 1900s. The area of northern New Mexico and southern Colorado was an important region for coal mining companies. Immigrant miners flocked to the area. 

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Lovelace Astronaut Program

Look at Albuquerque’s place in the history of spaceflight and what it took to become one of the first NASA astronauts. In the Photo Archives of the Albuquerque Museum is a photograph showing two candidates for NASA’s Mercury Program wearing space suits and standing outside of a room at Lovelace Clinic.

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Itinerant Photographer

Look at the world of an itinerant photographer during the American Depression of the early 1930s.

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King Albert I Visits Isleta

Travel with the King of Belgium as he visits the Pueblo of Isleta on his first tour of North America in 1919. In the Photo Archives of the Albuquerque Museum is a photograph of King Albert I of Belgium wearing a military uniform and standing with a group of people near the St. Augustine Mission Church at the Pueblo of Isleta.

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Streetcars and Motorettes

Hop on board an electric streetcar and take a ride to learn about one of Albuquerque’s early transportation systems! In the photo archives of the Albuquerque Museum is a photograph of a female streetcar driver, known as a “motorette”, standing in front of her streetcar.

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Let the Sunshine In

A street photography project commissioned by the Albuquerque Museum in 1969 to document the city during a time of great change. In the Albuquerque Museum are thousands of 35mm color slides marked with the name “McDonald” and dated 1969 and 1970.

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Albuquerque Dukes

Go out to the ballgame with the Albuquerque Dukes minor league baseball team! In the photo archives of the Albuquerque Museum are photographs of the Albuquerque Dukes from the 1940s and 1950s. They were the longest running professional franchise in Albuquerque and had some big names associated with them throughout the years.

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New Mexicans in WWI

The New Mexico National Guard has existed in one form or another since the 1500s. In the photo archives of the Albuquerque Museum is a photograph of the enlistment ceremony of men into the New Mexico National Guard in 1917.

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Castle Huning

Look at the history behind a landmark of the early days of Albuquerque and the man who built it. In the photo archives of the Albuquerque Museum is a photograph of a sprawling mansion with members of the household standing around the property.

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Coming Soon

Thank you for joining us for Picture This! from the Albuquerque Museum! Join us next time for the story behind another photograph in the Museum’s collection.