Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Skeleton of a Human and a Gorilla

Skeleton of a human and a gorilla, displayed side by side (Roger Fenton, ca. 1860, Wellcome Library, London)

"When this photograph was taken, Roger Fenton was the official photographer at the British Museum  (the British Museum then held the collections that now comprise the Natural History Museum).

The human skeleton depicted is of no special significance, apart from the fact that it is probably of a European. The gorilla, however, shows evidence of severe trauma to its left arm - a bite from a lion to the lower part of its left humerus. Gorillas do not spend much time ‘standing’ upright because it takes muscle energy for them to do so. Thus, the supposedly ‘neutral’ presentation of a gorilla skeleton is in fact the presentation of an idea: ‘a gorilla standing is not too different from a human standing’" (source).

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Barbara Stanwyck

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Monday, October 13, 2014



Marrakesh, Morocco (photos by RfA, 2011)

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Thursday, October 9, 2014

CDV (19th Century)

Carte De Visite (from my own collection). Reston, Stretford Photographic Studio, 6 Dorset Street, Stretford, Manchester

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

next episode: Marrakesh

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Rebuilding The Jewish Temple Of Jerusalem

An artist impression of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Temple

There are serious efforts (even a crowdfunding campaign) to rebuild the Jewish temple at the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. It seems possible to rebuild the temple, destroyed in 70 AD by the Romans, without having to demolish the islamic Dome of the Rock and the Al-Aqsa Mosque.

It would be the third temple, after Solomon's first temple (10th century BC - 587 BC) and the second one (516 BC - 70 AD) (3D-tour). I wonder what would be the implications on Jewish faith if this temple was indeed rebuild. After the muslims conquered Jerusalem in 634, they constructed the Dome of the Rock as a victory monument, so I also wonder how they will react if the Jewish temple will be built adjacent to the Dome.

next episode: CDV

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Little Savoyards

Queen Victoria’s children, Princess Alice, Prince Alfred, Princess Victoria (the Princess Royal) and Princess Helena in ‘Les deux petits Savoyards. Taken by Roger Fenton at Windsor in 1854.

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Friday, September 26, 2014

Wood Street, Pittsburgh

 Wood Street, Pittsburgh, Pa., ca 1905 (Detroit Publishing Company).

Excerpt from a photo found on Shorpy.com.

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Monday, September 22, 2014

Thistle From The Sands

Thistle From The Sands, by Alphonse Mucha (1902, Mucha Museum, Prague)

Mucha regularly holidayed in the coastal province of Brittany in northwestern France, and referred to this panel as La Bretonne. The plant carried by the Breton woman is in fact not a thistle but a sea holly which flourished in coastal areas (www.muchafoundation.org).

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Greta Garbo

Greta Garbo (Stockholm, 18 september 1905 – New York, 15 april 1990)

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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Roman City Wall

(photos by RfA, Rome 2006)

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Old Cows' Home

(photos: www.koeienrusthuis.nl)

Besides retirement homes for old horses there is also a retirement home for cows: Stichting De Leemhuis in Friesland. For several reasons the cows have escaped the trip to the slaughterhouse, sometimes because they are from a petting zoo, or the owner wanted his animal to live out his or her live.

(in Dutch)

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