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Art History Wed May 23 2018 00:32:04 GMT+0000 (UTC)
WHERE THE PARTY'S AT -- Harold Freedman (191599) was born in Melbourne and educated at Melbourne Technical College. Starting his long career in 1936, he worked in all public arts: portraits, war propaganda, political cartoons, graphic design, advertising, illustration, chil
On the 21st or perhaps the 20th of May in 1525, the peasant rebel Jakob Rohrbach — more commonly known as Jcklein (“Little Jack”) Rohrbach — was chained to a stake and burned alive as the nobility celebrated it
Strasbourg is a pretty town and even prettier in sunshine. But since I visited the place on a sunny Sunday in late April, there were more tourists than even in Bruges. It was almost impossible to get photos without people standing in front of the vis
July 1939. "Bed with roof over it in May Avenue camp, Oklahoma City." Photo by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.
On May 19, 1875, the play Our American Cousin was presented at the Sandusky Opera House in Sandusky by the Sandusky Amateur Dramatic Association. Admission to the play was fifty cents, and proceeds were donated to the Young Mens Christian Association
For the 2017 Melbourne Winter Masterpieces, the National Gallery of Victoria/NGV put on a fine exhibition called Van Gogh and the Seasons. This exhibition featured works lent by international museums, and attracted a huge number of Australian visitor
January 20 is the feast date of Christian martyr Saint Baudilus, patron of Nmes, France — also known as Baudilio or Baudelio in Spain, where his cult is also quite widespread. Baudilus supposedly dropped into a festival of the Roman god Vej
Many of you are familiar with our popular Adopt-A-Book fundraiser, an event that made it possible for our patrons to sponsor the acquisition of particular items in our collectionsmanuscripts, books, newspapers, childrens literature, or graphic arts m
Hello everyone! I know it has been a long time since I have blogged but I have an exciting giveaway that I couldn't wait to share with you. May 19th is the Royal Wedding, and I will be heading to Windsor to celebrate. Yes, I'm going to the Royal Wedd
July 1939. "Shack of family living in May Avenue camp, Oklahoma City." Photo by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.
From about 1905 to 1908, Oscar F. Cook operated a stock (theater) company in Sandusky, Ohio. The May 15, 1905 issue of the Sandusky Star Journal reported that the Oscar F. Cook Stock Company performed a play entitled The Convicts Sweetheart, in a lar
As promised, here is the introductory post about the castles and fortifications I visited. A tour of Luxembourg City which has quite a lot of remaining fortifications from several centuries will follow in a later post.Castle Lower Manderscheid (Niede
When a large parliamentary building was required in Berlin, the Reichstag building was proposed and debated. The fights between Otto von Bismarck and Reichstag members delayed construction so an architectural contest was held. The winner, Frankfurt a
With its mix of influence, Old Shanghai had bits of pieces coming from all over the World including Beaux Arts style, Art Deco, Andalusian, Mexican revival, New Normand, German, traditional Japanese to name a few. They all added up and sometimes got
The National Press Club is probably best known for its White House Correspondent’s Dinner. This site prefers to think of it as the site of the Alferd Packer plaque, a memorial to a cannibal who avoided hanging. (cc) image from Kurt Riegel.
I recently purchased from booksellers David Szewczyk and Cynthia Davis Buffington a copy of what might very well be the first childrens book printed in Vermillion, Dakota Territory (now South Dakota). This 1876 piece of juvenilia is titled The White
Cross-posting with my other blog. In this blog post, I talk about what the recent “scandal” in the gymnastics world has meant to me as a writer (I don’t like the term “scandal”; it makes it sound like
I have never written a word that did not come from my heart. I never shall."Nellie Bly, The Evening-Journal; January 8, 1922The young woman who helped launch a new kind of investigative journalism was born Elizabeth Jane Cochran on May 5, 1864. Her f
July 1939. "Family in front of shack home. May Avenue camp, Oklahoma City." Photo by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.
On this date in 1618, Venice crushed a Spanish conspiracy with sudden violence. The reality of this conspiracy has been argued for the four hundred years since it was exposed or “exposed” but there is no questioning the security p
On May 14, 1937, Sandusky students performed the opera, The Pied Piper of Hamelin at the Jackson Junior High School. Miss Eulalie Shaw, the first director of Sandusky High Schools A Capella Choir, directed the one hundred s
Chinas old cities were thriving commercial centres, especially in silk production. In the later C13th, during the rule of Kublai Khan, Chinas silk industry reached a great level of sophistication. The guilds had established meticulous pay scales, wor
I'm back with another bunch of photos, so here is one of the usual introductory posts. There are a lot or Roman remains, particularly villae, around Trier and along the Moselle. The land is now mostly part of Germany, but in Roman times it belonged t
Title:  Ecstasy:  A Novel Author:  Mary SharrattPublisher:  Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (April 10, 2018)How acquired:  EdelweissWhats it about? In the glittering hotbed of turn-of-the-twentieth-century Vienn
The Countryman (Turnwold, Georgia), 18621866. 163 issues. The Countryman is the only newspaper published on a Southern plantation. The owner of the plantation, Joseph Turner, started this paper on March 4, 1862. In advertisements he placed in various
August 1939. "Independent refinery. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma." Medium format negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.
On this date in 1693, Francis Winter was executed for the murder of a London sheriff. Winter’s hanging takes us back to the last days (in England) of a queer old institution: sanctuary. Dating to centuries before the Norman conquest, this p
In honor of Mothers Day, here are some images taken from the historical photograph collection of the Sandusky Library Archives Research Center. Mrs. Mary F. Eschenberg is holding her baby grandson Robert Merrill in this picture from 1890.Mrs. Anna Ha
During the Third Reich, of the five complexes planned for the benefit of the German working classes under the auspices of the Strength Through Joy (Kraft durch Freude or KdF) leisure movement, only one was ever started. Stretching for 4.8 ks along th
I'll be off to Trier, Luxembourg, and Strasbourg for the next ten days. There should be some nice Roman villae in the countryside around Trier, and maybe a castle along the Moselle as well. Luxembourg - both city and country - have a lot of historica
The newest issue ofAlmanac really has us energized about everything happening at the Society this year! Here are some of the highlights: A closer look at the new multipurpose room that will be housed on the ground floor of the Antiquarian Hall additi
August 1939. "Statue by local artist. Cimarron, New Mexico." Medium format negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.
(Thanks to Meaghan Good of the Charley Project for the guest post. -ed.) On this date in 1968, Polish serial killer Karol Kot, called the Vampire of Krakw, was hanged in the city of Mysłowice. He was only twenty-one years old. Kot was born i
Seated on the steps of the former Providence Hospital in Sandusky are several babies and young children with their mothers on National Hospital Day on May 12, 1930. Ernst Niebergall was the photographer. Both Good Samaritan and Providence Hospital he
A fine show, The Credit Suisse Exhibition: Monet & Architecture, is running until late July 2018 at the National Gallery London. Until now, most people thought of Claude Monet as a painter of landscape, sea and later, gardens. But no
Richmond Castle, situated on a cliff above the river Swale in northern Yorkshire, is one of the finest examples of Norman architecture since it has not been altered in later centuries and displays the largest remains of 11th century architecture in E
At the end of August 2018, long-time Marcus A. McCorison Librarian and Curator of Manuscripts Thomas G. Knoles will be retiring from AAS. After almost twenty-nine years at the Society, we wanted to be sure to tap Toms long institutional knowledge and
Washington, D.C., circa 1920. "Washington Times -- Oil Co." is all it says on this glass negative showing a rusty coal-fired boiler, a crate on skids and a guy holding a beer bottle. National Photo Company Collection. View full size.
On this date in 1863, Zygmunt Padlewski was shot for rebelling against the Russian empire. A young St. Petersburg-trained tsarist officer with a patriotic bent — his father had taken part in the November [1830] Uprising against Russian domi
This advertisement appeared in a late nineteenth century Postal Guide, which was distributed to local residents, compliments of the employees of the Sandusky Post Office. Although John B. Tichenor was a native of Sandusky County, Ohio, for a brief ti
John Singer Sargent (18561925) was born in Florence and spent his childhood travelling across Europe with his wealthy ex-pat American parents who followed the changing social seasons. Young Sargent was enrolled in the Accademia di Belle Arti in Flore
Richmond Castle, situated on a cliff above the river Swale in northern Yorkshire, is one of the finest examples of Norman architecture since it has not been altered in later centuries and displays the largest remains of 11th century architecture in E
I take this title from the eminently quotable Thoreau, who once quipped to his Worcester friend Harrison Gray Otis Blake in April 1857, Come & be Concord, as I have been Worcestered. Thoreau had already lectured in Worcester several times and
"Ruth knocked out, 7/5/24. Nationals salvage split of doubleheader as Ruth crashes into wall (Yankees 2, Nationals 0; Nationals 7, Yankees 2). Babe Ruth was knocked unconscious after he ran into a concrete wall at Griffith Stadium, Washington, D.C.,
On this date in 1835, four African slave rebels were shot at Salvador. The Mal Revolt acquired its name from the local designation for Muslims … which was the predominant religion of the slaves harvested from West Africa* who were pouring i
This picture of a Farrell-Cheek baseball team is undated, and unfortunately, we do not know the name of any of the men in the photo. An article in the Sandusky Star Journal of July 8, 1916, reported that there was a series of ball games betw
In the 1780s a St Petersburg nobleman serving Empress Catherine the Great retired from the Royal Household and moved to Moscow. There he decided to build a house and invited architects from Italy. Well-versed in Russian taste and with a keenly honed
I took the afternoon train from Oslo to Bergen, well aware that the last part of the journey would take place in darkness. But as it turned out, there was sleat later changing into rain once we passed the Hardangervidda, so I didn't miss much since t
My favorite part of cataloging is figuring out a mystery. When little information is given with an object and I am able to solve that mystery, Im a happy camper. So when a set of three photographs came across my desk, one of them a very sweet image o
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