Sunday, July 17, 2016

The Bones of the Romanovs

The bones of the Romanovs, murdered by the Bolsheviks in 1918, on display in Yekaterinburg before their reburial in St. Petersburg.

Exactly eighty years after Russian Tsar Nicholas II and his family were executed by Bolshevik troops on July 17, 1918, their remains were buried in an official state funeral in St. Petersburg, the old imperial capital. The remains of the Romanovs had been discovered in Yekaterinburg almost twenty years earlier, under railroad ties on a country road where they had been hidden by their assassins. Their whereabouts were kept secret until 1991 when tests were ordered to authenticate the bones. Six years of examination and DNA- testing established the remains as those of the last imperial family. Thousands of Russians paid tribute to the Romanovs in Yekaterinburg where their bones were put on display.

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Saturday, July 16, 2016

Barbara Stanwyck Day!

Happy birthday to Barbara Stanwyck (July 16, 1907 – January 20, 1990) 

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Sunday, June 12, 2016

Happy Birthday Amersfoort

Today is Amersfoort's 757 birthday as a city!

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Monday, May 16, 2016

The King-Crane Commission

Interactive map: How the King-Crane Commission envisioned the Middle East
(Karl Sturm and Nick Danforth) (

In 1919, President Woodrow Wilson, a believer in national self-determination, dispatched theologian Henry King and businessman Charles Crane to explore possible political arrangements for the former Ottoman Empire in the aftermath of World War I. Their assignment was to find out how the region’s residents wanted to be governed. Their report shows the dilemmas involved in the drawing of borders. And it was all for nothing, secretly the French and the British had divided the region among themselves in the Sykes-Picot agreement of May 16, 1916 (today exactly 100 years ago).

The King-Crane Commission at the Hotel Royal, Beirut, July 1919.
Seated at table commissioners King (left) and Crane (right) (Oberlin College Archives)

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Saturday, May 7, 2016

Liberation Day

(source: national archive)

On Monday May 7th, 1945 the Canadian Allied forces entered Amersfoort. In the background the Kamperbinnenpoort. Nationwide Liberation Day is celebrated on May 5th (and on May 4th the victims of World War II are commemorated).

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Saturday, April 2, 2016


daguerreotype 6th plate (from my own collection, ca. 1850)

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Monday, March 28, 2016

blog birthday


Today I celebrate the 7th anniversary of this blog!

Help yourself to some 'drop' (liquorice)...

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Sunday, March 20, 2016

Cabinet Card

cabinet card (from my own collection)

The cabinet card was a type of photograph mounted on a card.

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Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Wanda Hawley

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Friday, March 4, 2016

Maude Fealy Day !

March 4, 1883 – November 9, 1971

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Monday, February 29, 2016

The Cheat with the Ace of Diamonds

Georges de la Tour - The Cheat with the Ace of Diamonds (1635, Louvre, Paris).

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