Saturday, July 4, 2015

Tour d'Utrecht

The finish. Or the start, it always confuses me

Today the Tour de France, World's biggest cycling event, will start in Utrecht. This city is located about 12 miles to the southwest of Amersfoort.

In a Dutch city canals are not hard to find

Utrecht is the child you'd get when Amsterdam and Amersfoort would marry. Its population is a bit larger (twice as much), and their tower is a bit higher than ours (45 feet difference), but besides that it's a nice city to visit on a Saturday afternoon.

 The Dom-toren IE Stupid-tower

next episode: Arras

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Gene Tierney in Dragonwyck

Gene Tierney in Dragonwyck (1946).

next episode: tour

Friday, June 26, 2015

Mardi Gras 1907

'The Rex pageant, Mardi Gras', New Orleans, ca. 1906. 

Alexander M. Halliday was Rex, and his queen was Adrienne Lawrence. 
Excerpt from a photo found on

next episode: gene

Monday, June 22, 2015

Mary of Burgundy

Mary of Burgundy by Michael Pacher, ca. 1490 (Heinz Kisters Collection, Kreuzlingen)

Mary of Burgundy (1457–1482) ruled the Burgundian territories in the Low Countries.

next episode: grass

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte

Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte by Gilbert Stuart, 1804 (The Metropolitan Museum of Art)

Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte (1785–1879), known as Betsy, was the daughter of a prosperous
shipowner and merchant from Baltimore. She was the first wife of Jérôme Bonaparte, and thereby sister-in-law of Emperor Napoleon I of France.

They had one son, Jérôme Napoléon Bonaparte. It is from him that the American line of the Bonaparte family descended.

next episode: Mary

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Mercer Street (New York), 1862

Laying the Nicolson Pavement in Mercer Street, New York, 1862, by E. & H.T. Anthony

Nicolson Pavement is a road surface material consisting of wooden blocks pioneered by Samuel Nicolson in the mid-eighteen hundreds.

Mercer Street today (not the exact same location)

next episode: Betsy

Friday, June 12, 2015

Amersfoort Day !

Amersfoort gained its city rights at June 12, 1259.

next episode: Maude

Monday, June 8, 2015

Dorothy Flood 

Dorothy Flood (1912-2005). Photo by Alfred Cheney Johnston.

Dorothy Flood was born in Brooklyn NY in 1912. Early on, she was a ballet dancer with The Metropolitan Opera Company. She became a Ziegfeld Girl and was in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1931. After her Ziegfeld career ended, she did modeling jobs, including for Dobbs Hats and Whitman's Chocolates. During her later years, she lived happily as a housewife on 5th Avenue in Manhattan. (source:

You may recognise Dorothy from this post:

next episode: Amersfoort

Thursday, June 4, 2015

CDV (19th Century)

Carte De Visite, photographic studio Kimball Brothers, Main Street Fitchburg MA (from my own collection)

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

next episode: Dorothy

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Mural of Books

Kansas City Central Library parking garage

The Kansas City Central Library's parking garage has a distinctive facade, using images of 22 9-meter-high book spines to create a 'community bookshelf'. Local residents got to choose which titles would be represented in the bookshelf.

next episode: cdv

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Chatham Street, New York

Chatham Street, New York, ca. 1853-55 (The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gilman Collection).

This chaotic street scene shows Chatham Street (now Park Row) from below its intersection with Pearl Street, northeast to Chatham Square. Street scenes are unusual subjects for Daguerreotypes. Chatham Street was known for its cheap shopping and entertainment, in contrast to the more elite Broadway.

next episode: kansas city


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