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World History Fri Jan 19 2018 03:05:37 GMT+0000 (UTC)
WHERE THE PARTY'S AT -- (Thanks to Meaghan Good of the Charley Project for the guest post. -ed.) Shortly after midnight on this date in 1884, a mob of masked men dragged Michael and Maggie Cuddigan out of the Delmonico Hotel in the Rocky Mountain mining town of Ouray, Color
[ January 21, 2018; 2:30 pm; ] Tatiana Poulou of the Greek Ministry of Culture is giving a lecture in Brussels on Sunday, January 21, 2018 at 14:30. The talk is on Giovanni Battista Lusieri who was Lord Elgin's agent in Athens. Although Lusieri was c
Many autobiographies have now been published by people who live in Old Shanghai, and most of them were written by westerns. The really interesting part of Remembering Shanghai, is that it is a story of a Chinese family in Old Shanghai. Living in the
October 1939. "Farm boy at pop stand. General store in Lamoille, Iowa." Our young soda-swigger evidently a Nesbitt's man. Medium format acetate negative by Arthur Rothstein for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.
I wish my readers and friends a merry and peaceful Christmas holiday. Winter in northern Norway
From the New Orleans Times-Picayune, Jan. 18, 1890: CLINTON, La., Jan. 17. — [Special.] — At 1:15 this afternoon the witnesses summoned by the sheriff proceeded to the jailyard where the scaffold had been erected. A few minutes la
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
October 1939. "Farmer sits near the stove. General store in Lamoille, Iowa." Photo by Arthur Rothstein for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.
Colonial Massachusetts sailor Bryan Sheehen culminated a life of warped relations with the opposite sex at his hanging on this date in 1772. According to the pamphlet An Account of the Life of Bryan Sheehen, as a child in Ireland, Sheehen‘s
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.
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 York circa 1940s. "Night baseball at Ebbets Field -- Cincinnati Reds vs. Brooklyn Dodgers." International News photo. View full size.
Villainous blacks, and MORE VILLAINOUS WHITES who have reduced to the level of the beasts of the field these unhappy Africans — and are now obliged to sacrifice them like wild beasts in self preservation! The day of vengeance is coming! -Ma
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
New York circa 1910. "Broadway and St. Paul's Chapel from the Post Office. Singer, City Investing and Hudson Terminal Buildings." With at least one windowsill milk bottle. Panorama made from two 8x10 inch glass negatives. View full size.
(Thanks to Meaghan Good of the Charley Project for the guest post. -ed.) On this date in 1792, sailor John Philips was hanged in Dublin, Ireland after being convicted of robbing a man of his hat and coat. Philips, a 50-year-old sailor with a wife and
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
Manhattan circa 1904. "Brooklyn Bridge and East River, New York." With the Williamsburg Bridge in the background. 8x10 inch glass negative. View full size.
On this date in 1400, the Thomas le Despenser was beheaded — as much a lynching as an execution — by a mob at Bristol. “I have to London sent The heads of Salisbury, Spencer, Blunt, and Kent.” -Henry’
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
April 1910. "Washington Artillery Hall, St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans." With signs advertising a "Fancy Dress and Masquerade Ball" given by the Glad-U-Kum and Merry Widow social clubs on Shriners Night. View full size.
(Thanks to Meaghan Good of the Charley Project for the guest post. -ed.) On January 12, 1949, Margaret Allen was executed by Albert Pierrepoint at Strangeways Gaol. She was the first woman hanged there since Charlotte Bryant in 1936. 41-year-old Marg
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
August 5, 1930. "The big league has nothing on this game. A good action shot of a couple of the girls at the 'Y' camp at Plano, Illinois." Witteman Bros. Collection "Albertype" collotype print, Library of Congress. View full size.
On this date in 1769, a prolific Swedish burglar named John Martin Andrew went to Tyburn for burgling a Foster Lane jeweler to the tune of seven pair of snam-garnet gold buttons, value 6 l. 6 s. six pair of garnet ear-rings, set in gold, value 3 l. o
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
October 1939. "Post office in the general store. Lamoille, Iowa." Let's see now. Stamps, ammo, and a case of Iten-Barmettler, please! Medium format negative by Arthur Rothstein for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.
On this date in 1917 — with the parting cry, “Je demande pardon la France! Vive la France!” — 18-year-old Grenoble seamstress Marguerite Francillard was shot at Paris’s St. Lazare prison as a German s
October 1939. "Grinding coffee. General store selling everything from batteries to bananas in Lamoille, Iowa." Medium format acetate negative by Arthur Rothstein for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.
From the Birmingham Daily Post of January 11, 1864: On Saturday, at noon, the ex-policeman, Luke Charles, who was sentenced to death at the recent Liverpool Assizes, for the murder of his wife, suffered the extreme penalty of the law at Kirkdale Gaol
May 1943. "Spring pulpwood drive on the Brown Company timber holdings in Maine. Woodsmen's bunkhouse radio provides the only direct contact between the woods and the outside world. Evenings in the bunkhouse, the woodsmen can hear the news, mend rippe
Dobie Gillis Williams was executed by Louisiana on this date in 1999. Sister Helen Prejean, the Louisiana nun of Dead Man Walking fame, ministered to Williams on death row and became convinced of his innocence — a perspective she argues for
October 1939. "Railroad station. Lamoille, Iowa." Medium format negative by Arthur Rothstein for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.
On this date in 1528, brothers Augustin and Christoph Perwanger were beheaded as heretical Anabaptists — “a third baptism, with blood,” in the record of the humanist chronicler Kilian Leib. (A German link, as are most in
1897-1901. "Cincinnati, Hamilton & Dayton R.R. train wreck below Dayton, Ohio." 4x5 glass negative attributed to Wilbur and/or Orville Wright. View full size.
French criminal turned seminal criminologist Eugene Francois Vidocq on this date in 1806 witnessed the fate he might have shared when his former underworld collaborator went under the guillotine at Paris for an attempted murder. The son of an Arras b
October 1939. "Lamoille, Iowa. A village consisting of a few houses, general store, and railroad station." Medium format acetate negative by Arthur Rothstein for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.
This from the Albany Journal of January 8, 1866, whose subject should not be confused with the prolific Victorian erotica publisher of the same name. The sheriff in this Buffalo hanging was Oliver J. Eggert, not future president Grover Cleveland who
October 1939. "Store on main street. Grundy Center, Iowa." The Eggleston-Grundy Style Shop on G Avenue, to be exact. Medium format acetate negative by Arthur Rothstein for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.
From the London Times, Jan. 5, 1957: VIENNA, Jan. 4 — Budapest radio said to-day that the Budapest military court had sentenced a 25-year-old Budapest transport worker, Geza Szivos, to death for illegal possession of arms. The sentence had
March 1942. Washington, D.C. "Teacher supervises the cooking of dinner by her maid. Negro home on the outskirts of the city which is owned by a doctor whose wife teaches in a Negro grammar school." Medium format nitrate negative by Marjory Collins fo
From the Essex Register, Jan. 1, 1812. TRIAL FOR MURDER. From the New York Morning Post. Court of Oyer and Terminer, Thursday, 28th November, 1811 — Present, the Hon. Judge Van Ness, Alderman Fell, and Alderman Buckmaster. The People vs. Ge
October 1939. "Ouray, Colorado, center of a gold mining region and developing tourist center." Nowadays a sort of alt-Aspen without the skiing. Photo by Arthur Rothstein for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.
Nuremberg executioner Franz Schmidt on this date in 1588 broke on the wheel two of the countless violent thieves that haunted the byways of early modernity. As the meticulous Nachrichter did for all his clientele, Schmidt noted the occasion in his di
October 1939. "Family of Fred Schmeeckle, Farm Security Administration borrower, on their dryland farm in Weld County, Colorado." Medium format acetate negative by Arthur Rothstein for the FSA. View full size.
On New Year’s Day of 1857, Serbian Dedea Redanies was hanged in front of the Maidstone gaol for the shocking, out-of-nowhere murder of two English sisters he was close with. Hailing from Belgrade, capital to the autonomous Serbian proto-sta
October 1939. "Stores on main street (G Avenue). Grundy Center, Iowa." Photo by Arthur Rothstein for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.
Armand Louis de Gontaut, duc de Lauzun and later duc de Biron, an officer in the American Revolution and and the French Revolution, was guillotined during the Paris Terror on this date in 1793. Born in 1747, Lauzun had some youthful finding-himself y
May 1940. "Gypsy child on U.S. 13 five miles south of Salisbury, Maryland." Medium format acetate negative by Jack Delano. View full size.
On this date in 1066, the Jewish vizier of Granada Joseph ibn Naghrela was lynched during a notorious pogrom. His (more illustrious) father, the scholar, courtier, and battlefield commander Samuel ibn Naghrela (or Naghrilla, or Ha Nagid), had become