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WHERE THE PARTY'S AT -- Circa 1910. "The barracks, Fort Oglethorpe, Chickamauga Park, Georgia." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.
By this time in 1747, England’s season of crowd-pleasing spectacular punishments for the Jacobite rising of 1745 had all but run its course; indeed, the very previous day, one of the last of the rebels had been disappointingly disposed of v
In September of 1898, the Alvord-Peters Company (publishers of the Star Journal newspaper) published The Business Thermometer. It was a series of free monthly publications, promoting businesses in Sandusky. To date, only one issue has been f
As in other European societies, New Zealand women were excluded from any involvement in politics in early colonial times. Most people accepted the idea that women were naturally suited for domestic affairs i.e home and children. Only men were fitted
Circa 1910. "St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans, Louisiana." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.
The fourth win in a row: National Novel Writing Month 2017. A bit harder this time, but I kept going every day and it paid off.Of course, I will continue writing until the end of November. There should be some more words by then.
Catholic priest Edmund Geninges (also Gennings, or Jennings) was executed on this date in 1592, along with the layman Swithburne Welles, whose home played host to Geninges’s final Mass. At least, that’s according to The life and d
Progress on the new addition to Antiquarian Hall has been moving steadily over the past few months. Collections have been moved for protection, windows abutting the new addition have been boarded for safety, and these days you may even see staff and
The boat above, owned by Ed Hinkey and a Mr. Pfeil in 1911, was powered by a 35 horsepower motor manufactured by the Vim Motor Company. On the reverse side of this picture postcard is the owners' positive description of the Vim Moto
I know that I have neglected this blog shamefully of late due to my involvement in the Historical Novel Society conference and just life in general. So I completely missed that last month, Scandalous Women was 10 years old! Yes, in 2007 I sat down in
Ingrid Carlbergs book RAOUL WALLENBERG: The Biography has 3 parts: the early years; Budapest heroism; and the familys post-war attempts to get him home. I have concentrated on the first two parts, backed up by Jan Larssons journal article. And from m
The horse race track of Shanghai (today’s People square) was at the center of the entertainment district in Old Shanghai. Hotels were built in the neighborhood including the home of Chinese stars, Yangtze Hotel (see post Yangtze Hotel for m
New Orleans circa 1910. "City Hall, Lafayette Square." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.
It's quite some time I last posted photos from the Harz mountain range, one of our favourite hiking areas. This time we took one of the walks in the Arboretum near Bad Grund. A rather North-American walk. *grin* It will also give you some pretty autu
Pensacola, Florida, circa 1910. "American National Bank, Palafox Street." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.
On this date in 1947, Dutch troops fighting (vainly) to keep Indonesia under colonial sway perpetrated one of the most notorious massacres of the Indonesian War of Independence. During a Dutch offensive, Royal Netherlands Army forces fell on the West
From about 1900 until his death in 1932, William J. Schweinfurth ran a small neighborhood grocery store at the northwest corner of Perry and Jefferson Streets. Mr. Schweinfurth and his family lived just around the corner, at 529 East Jefferson Street
Sacred sites in India have long been associated with water; the Golden Temple at Amritsar seems almost to float in a vast shimmering pool. The pool was created from a forest lake, which the Buddha himself is said to have visited and at which the foun
Emily Isakson is a junior at Mount Holyoke College and was a Readers Services page this past summer. As an ancient studies major, with a focus in art history and archaeology, Emily has always been interested in what has shaped the society we know tod
I had been to Erfurt, the capital of the county of Thuringia, back at the time of analog cameras, and only for a few hours. But it takes more than a few hours to explore all the interesting historical places, so I always wanted to go back, especially
In previous post “China General Omnibus Company“, I got interested in Old Shanghai bus networks in the former International Settlement. After some more research, I found the complete list of the bus network in all three parts of t
New Orleans circa 1910. "Gayarre Place monument, Esplanade Avenue." In its current incarnation, the monument's much-abused sculpture ("Peace, the Genius of History," originally displayed at the 1884 World's Industrial and Cotton Centennial Exposition
From the Wilkes-Barre (Penn.) Times, Dec. 8, 1905. Mary Rogers Died on the Scaffold Paid the Last Penalty of the Law After a Legal Fight of Two Years — Was Guilty of a Cruel and Diabolical Murder — Lured a Loving Husband to Destru
Ernst Niebergall took this picture of the New York Central Depot in Sandusky in 1920. This depot still stands today, where it also serves as home to the Sandusky Transit System. From the late 1800s until 1938, a depot for the interurban line
I have just spent the best part of a week exploring Australia's Northern Territory which has one of the most extensive examples of rock art in this country. There are c5000 sites found so far and perhaps another c10,000 still waiting to be found.To m
Ive just returned from a visit to the British Library, where, in true antiquarian fashion, I couldnt help but pretend to be Washington Irving’s Geoffrey Crayon learning the “Art of Bookmaking” and studying the &#8220
I had been to Erfurt, the capital of the county of Thuringia, back at the time of analog cameras, and only for a few hours. But it takes more than a few hours to explore all the interesting historical places, so I always wanted to go back, especially
Riding newly opened trolley 71 from the west of Shanghai to the Bund is very practical, and always makes me think about Old Shanghai. Tramways were installed in Shanghai first in the International Settlement in 1908, then in the French Concession and
New York circa 1921. "Greenwich Village, Manhattan -- Washington Square and Fifth Avenue." 5x7 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.
On this date in 1799, the subversive priest Francesco Conforti was hanged in the Piazza Mercato for his role in the Naples Parthenopean Republic. This scholar came on the scene in the 1770s penning apologias for the Enlightenment trend towards the se
After having started in 1860 as a business that made wheel hubs and bent stock, the Sandusky Wheel Company was incorporated in 1867. Eventually it became an important manufacturer of wheels and wheelbarrows, and had over 200 employees. The entire sto
Otto Plath (1885-1940) was the father of poet Sylvia Plath (1932-63) but nobody seemed to know much about him. Scholars of Plath now have newly discovered FBI files, not knowing that biologist Otto had ever been investigated over alleged pro-German s
From December 6 through February 3, highlights from AASs stunning collection of some three thousand McLoughlin Brothers books, games, and artwork will be out of the stacks and on display at the famous Grolier Club (47 E. 60th St., New York) in the ex
I spent a week visiting the towns of Erfurt, Jena, and Weimar. Two days I went hiking to some castles in the surroundings. Here are some first impressions (posts about the towns of Erfurt, Jena, and Weimar, and more detailed portraits of the castles
June 1939. "Blacksmith shop now used for auto repair. Glendive, Montana." A strong horseshoe motif here, architecturally speaking, in addition to the giant pile of actual horseshoes. Roofline of alphabetical anvils by Wile E. Coyote. "Wrecking" by "J
Two of eight Apache — Nacod Qui Say and Rah Dos La, among other possible transliterations — who murdered an Arizona sheriff and deputy while escaping from a transport to the penitentiary were hanged on this date in 1889. According
Above is a receipt for goods sold to Frank Rittman from the G.B. Hodgman Manufacturing Company in Sandusky in 1893. The company was located on the very eastern end of First Street along the waterfront. The G.B. Hodgman Company started out as
    Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov (1870-1924} was born into a well educated, middle class family in Simbirsk, east of Moscow. The children grew up in comfort but with a strongly developed sense of justice. But when in 1887 the ol
Ali Phaneuf is a junior at Fairfield University and was a page in the Readers Services Department this past summer. As a journalism major and a studio art minor, Ali has always been an avid book reader and art enthusiast, and her love of books and cr
I will be away for a few days traveling to Erfurt, Weimar and Jena in Thuringia. I've mentioned Erfurt a few times in my history posts; the town played an important role in the Middle Ages.Weimar, and to some extent Jena as well, are mostly connected
San Francisco circa 1926. "Dodge ambulance." Today's chapter in the Shorpy Chronicle of Convalescent Conveyances. Photo by Chris Helin. View full size.
The U.S. state Maryland executed Wesley Baker on this date in 2005 — the last man ever put to death there. Baker accosted* a 49-year-old woman named Jane Frances Tyson in the parking lot of a Catonsville shopping mall after she’d
Albert W. Aiken, who wrote the play Witches of New York brought his company of actors to Sandusky, Ohio on November 22, 1871. The play, in which Aiken also starred, appeared at Fishers Hall for one night only. Mr. Aiken and the performers in the thea
The cultural and linguistic diversity of Australia's resident population has been reshaped over many years by migration. In 2015, 28.2% of the resident population was born overseas (6.7 million persons). As would be expected from a major member of th
The second in a two-part series, this blog post features an AAS-based undergraduate project, Queering the Archive at College of the Holy Cross. Under the advisement of Professor Stephanie Yuhl of the History Department, Carly Priest 18 and Emily Brea
Skara Brae might look like a cozy little village at the end of the world, but it was in fact part of a net of settlements and stone settings in the area, from the Ring of Brodgar, the Stones of Stenness and the burial mound of Maes Howe to the settle
June 1939. "General store in Pony, Montana." Back when the brands on stallions, bulls and heifers migrated to the gas station. Medium format negative by Arthur Rothstein for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.
On this date in 1531, a Welsh nobleman whose grandfather had been instrumental in raising the Tudor dynasty up caught the downswing of the Tudor dynasty’s axe. Gruffydd ap Rhys ap Thomas (“son of Rhys, son of Thomas”) wa
Several ladies from the Sanduskyand Erie County Federation of Womens Clubs participated in the Cleveland Plain Dealers All Nations Pageant, held at Clevelands Public Hall. This event was part of the International Exposition presented in Cleveland fro
After Prince Albert died in 1861, Queen Victoria (1819-1901) was devastated. Fortunately the Queen became very close to her gillie John Brown in Balmoral, a warn friendship that lasted for decades. When Brown died in 1883, Queen Victoria was