Saturday, October 3, 2015

The Routefinder

The Routefinder, 1920's navigation system (The British Library).

The ‘Routefinder’ showed 1920s drivers in the UK the roads they were travelling down, gave them the mileage covered and told them to stop when they came at journey’s end. The technology consisted of a little map scroll inside a watch, to be ‘scrolled’ (hence the word) as the driver moved along on the map. A multitude of scrolls could be fitted in the watch to suit the particular trip the driver fancied taking (source).

next episode: studio

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Lady Selina Meade

Lady Selina Meade (April 1819, private collection)

Portrait of Lady Selina Meade, later Countess Clam-Martinic by Sir Thomas Lawrence (1769-1830). Selina Meade (1797-1872) was the second daughter of Richard Meade, 2nd Earl of Clanwilliam. She  married the Austrian General Karl Graf von Clam-Martinic in 1821.

Self-portrait by Thomas Lawrence, 1790s.

Sir Thomas Lawrence painted this portrait of her when he was in Vienna painting portraits of allied leaders (known as the Waterloo Portraits) for the Waterloo Chamber at Windsor Castle. Lawrence described her as "in beauty and interesting character, one of the most distinguished persons in Vienna". She holds a posy in her left hand. In the background at lower right is the Stephansdom in Vienna.

next episode: routefinder

Friday, September 25, 2015

Meindert Hobbema - The Avenue at Middelharnis (1689)

Meindert Hobbema - The Avenue at Middelharnis (1689, National Gallery, London)

Same location today (approximately)
next episode: Pittsburgh

Monday, September 21, 2015

moon family portrait

Charles Duke family photo on the moon, April 1972. Duke's footprint and the tire tracks of the Lunar Rover are also visible.

Charles Duke was the Lunar Module pilot for Apollo 16 (April 16 – 27, 1972), the fifth manned lunar landing mission. He left a photograph of his family on the moon, depicting him together with his wife and two sons in their Houston backyard,

next episode: Middelharnis

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Sir W.J. Codrington, K.C.B.

Lieutenant General Sir William John Codrington, K.C.B., (Roger Fenton, 1855, National Gallery of Canada)

next episode: the moon

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Istanbul Behind The Wall

At the other side of the Byzantine City Walls of Constantinople (present day Istanbul)

Istanbul's old Roman City Walls

(photos by RfA, 2004)

next episode: William John

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Three Prophets

Jean Changenet - Three Prophets (ca.1 490, Louvre)

next episode: Istanbul

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Countess Varvara

Franz Xaver Winterhalter, Portret of Countess Varvara Moesina-Poesjkina by Franz Xaver Winterhalter, 1857 (Hermitage St.Petersburg).

next episode: prophets

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Granada City Walls

(photos by RfA, 2012)

next episode: countess

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Horse Fountain

Pleasant Street, Malden, Massachusetts, ca 1906 

Excerpt from a photo found on

next episode: Granada

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.

next episode: Malden


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