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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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Syracuse, New York

Genesee Street, Syracuse, New York ca. 1904.

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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

CDV (19th Century)

Carte De Visite, Carthage, Illinois, by J.A.W. Pittman Photographer (from my own collection)

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

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