Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Ford's Theatre

An interactive view of Ford's Theatre.
You can get a 360 degrees view by dragging with the mouse. Zooming is also possible. 

Abraham Lincoln was shot by John Wilkes Booth on April 14, 1865 at the Ford's Theatre in Washington.

After the assassination and the execution of the conspirators John T. Ford was given permission to reopen his theatre. He announced the play “The Octoroon”, but after a large uproar he was forced to close his theatre and to sell the building to the government. It was in use by the Office of Records and Pensions (run by the War Department) when on June 9th, 1893 the three upper floors collapsed  causing the death of 24 men.

The building after the collapse in 1893 (NPS photo).

John T. Ford, theater proprietor .

(This is a repost from 2 years ago) 

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Sunday, April 12, 2015

Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln, May 7, 1858 (photo by Abraham M. Byers)  

April 14-15 will mark the 150th anniversary of Lincoln's assassination. 

Abraham Lincoln, August 9, 1863 (photo by Alexander Gardner)

An overview of all his photos can be found here.

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Thursday, April 2, 2015

Evelyn Holt

Evelyn Holt

Evelyn Holt (1908 - 2001) was a highly popular German film actress in the late silent and the early sound era. The rise of the Nazis finished her blossoming film career. The reason: her original name looked too Jewish. She managed to survive by a career at the Komische Oper in Berlin, but when she married a Jewish publisher her stage career was halted as well. In 1938 the couple emigrated first to Switzerland, then in 1940 to Britain, and finally to the US. Evelyn Holt stayed in the US until her death in Los Angeles in 2001, but she never performed in a film again.

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Saturday, March 28, 2015

blog birthday

Today I celebrate the 6th anniversary of this blog!

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Vicksburg Waterfront (I)

Vicksburg waterfront with the Mississippi River, ca. 1909 (Detroit Publishing Co)

The first bottling of Coca-Cola occurred in Vicksburg, Mississippi, at the Biedenharn Candy Company in 1891. Excerpt from a photo found on

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Sunday, March 22, 2015

Mucha Models

Model posing in Mucha's studio, Rue du Val de Grâce 6, Paris

Alphonse Mucha - Portrait of a woman, ca. 1910

Model in a Bohemian folk costume posing in Mucha's studio

The majority of these Parisian photographs were not taken for a specific project. Mucha preferred to improvise a number of poses, creating an archive of variants from which he could select what he considered most suitable for the subject of each new commission (source).

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Jerusalem City Walls

 (photos by RfA, 2011)

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Saturday, March 14, 2015

Real π Day!

Today is Real Pi Day! 

Real Pi Day will be celebrated on March 14th, 2015 at 9:26:53 AM.

These numbers (3/14/15, 9:26:53) correspond with the first 10 digits of pi (3.141592653).

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Catedral Metropolitana de la Asunción de María & Aztec Sun Stone

Colorized photograph by William Henry Jackson, 1880s 

The Metropolitan Cathedral of the Assumption of Mary of Mexico City is the largest cathedral in the Americas. It is build near the major square of Mexico City.

On the wall of the Cathedral’s southwest tower the famous Aztec Sun Stone is visible. It was discovered in 1790 by workers repairing the square. Today this sacred Aztec artifact is exhibited in the National Museum of Anthropology.

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Saturday, March 7, 2015

Hidden Mother

with the cover

1/9th Plate daguerreotype of a child sitting in his moms lap, without the matte that originally encircled the portrait of the child (source)

In early photographs, a subject had to sit still because of long camera exposure times. When that subject was a squirming baby or small child, they were sometimes held in a lap or reassured by an adult hand, either from a photographer's assistant, relative, nanny, or father, but primarily by the child's mother. Whether they're mothers or not, collectors call these photos 'hidden mother photographs'. Since customers wanted photographs that showed only the children, photographers had to get creative to block out the other person (source).

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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Maude Fealy Day !

Maude was born on March 4, 1883.

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