The Picture Show Photo Stories From NPR

Stereo photographs, called Kromograms, show the earthquake-damaged San Francisco of 1906. They are thought to be the first color photographs from one of the worst natural disasters in U.S. history. Frederick Eugene Ives/Smithsonian's National Museum of American History hide caption

itoggle caption Frederick Eugene Ives/Smithsonian's National Museum of American History

Support NPR

Support NPR

NPR Shop

Support The Programs You Love

Boy with raisin bread, photograph for the cover of McCall's Homemaking Magazine, ca. 1944 Nickolas Muray/Courtesy of the National Museum of American History Photographic History Collection hide caption

itoggle caption Nickolas Muray/Courtesy of the National Museum of American History Photographic History Collection

A camera from Smithsonian's Photographic History Collection Smithsonian National Museum of American History hide caption

itoggle caption Smithsonian National Museum of American History