Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Granada City Walls

(photos by RfA, 2012)

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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Horse Fountain

Pleasant Street, Malden, Massachusetts, ca 1906 

Excerpt from a photo found on  Shorpy.com

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Sunday, August 23, 2015

CDV (19th Century)

Carte De Visite, Watkins NY, by photographer Lumis (from my own collection)

The carte de visite (CDV) was a type of small photograph the size of a visiting card.

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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Pet Rabbit Bunny

Looking Into the Past: Thomas Circle, Washington, DC. Photo by Jason Powell. 
For more of these kind of photos see his gallery at Flickr.

Mrs. J.E. Band with pet rabbit, Washington, D.C., 1911 (Harris Ewing Collection). Source: Shorpy.

Washington Post, Oct 31, 1911:

It is the latest fad in the pet line, and its owner, Mrs. J.E. Band, calls it 'Bunny'. It's not a common rabbit; it's an angora, with the most attractive long white hair imaginable.

Mrs. Band is very proud of her pet. She has had Bunny since it was 3 weeks old. She says Bunny is very sagacious. She certainly is as full of little tricks as a dog can be. She protests with funny little grunts - the only sound she is able to make - if she finds that her mistress is going out without her. She wakes people up in the morning when she thinks they have slept long enough of or is tired of her own society. She stands on her hind legs and begs when her mistress or Mr. Band has anything that she wants.

As for Mr. Band, he is a busy man, but does not dare come home in the evening without something in his pocket for Bunny. She expects it, and goes through his pockets looking for it, and he says he can't stand the reproach in her ruby eyes if he has in the press of business forgotten her. He simply has to go out and get something for her ladyship.

Mrs. Band finds Bunny a much more practical pet then either a dog or cat. Landlords don't object, because Bunny makes no noise and never loiters around the halls. Everybody in the big apartment building is interested in the unusual pet and nobody is afraid of it. There is no license to be paid on it.

 (Source: Shorpy).

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Saturday, August 15, 2015

Napoleon Bonaparte McLaughlen and staff

Brevetted Brigadier General Napoleon Bonaparte McLaughlen (seated, second from right, with double row of buttons on jacket) and staff (Washington, DC, July 1865)

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Tuesday, August 11, 2015


Moscow (photos by RfA, 2009)

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Friday, August 7, 2015

Flobelle Fairbanks

Flobelle Fairbanks (by Florence Vandamm, ca. 1930), actress, and a niece of Douglas Fairbanks

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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Euclid Avenue, Cleveland

Euclid Avenue, Cleveland (ca. 1905)

Excerpt from a photo found on  Shorpy.com

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

A Boy Bringing Bread

Pieter de Hooch - A Boy Bringing Bread (Wallace Collection, London) 1663

Pieter de Hooch (or Hoogh, Hooghe) (1629-1684) was a Dutch Golden Age painter famous for his quiet domestic scenes with a few figures. In the background there a canal with a second woman can be seen, possibly the boy’s mother. Originally a girl reading a book sat in the doorway, but she was painted out in favour of the lady and the boy, who leads the eye to the doorway. Purchased by Richard Seymour-Conway, 4th Marquess of Hertford for his collection c. 1865.

possible self-portrait of Pieter de Hooch (Rijksmuseum Amsterdam)

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Sunday, July 26, 2015

Champs-Elysees, 1871

The Champs-Elysees photographed from the Porte Maillot (Alinari Archives/Corbis)

On 28 January 1871 Paris surrendered to the Prussians ending the Franco-Prussian war. Paris, under siege for over four months, had been heavily bombarded. This photograph, with the Arc de Triomphe in the distance, shows the destruction along the Champs-Elysees. The exact date is unknown, but it is thought to have been taken during the Paris Commune in March 1871.

next episode: bread

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

A Tour Of Ancient Rome

A Tour of Ancient Rome in 320 CE

Rome Reborn is an international initiative to create a 3D digital model of the ancient city as it might have appeared in A.D. 320. For more about the project, see: romereborn.virginia.edu.

source: http://vimeo.com/32038695

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