Monday, June 29, 2009

City Wall Amersfoort

The medieval city wall of Amersfoort, a city in the centre of The Netherlands.

Friday, June 26, 2009


Thomas Edison conceived the principle of recording and reproducing sound between May and July 1877 as a byproduct of his efforts to "play back" recorded telegraph messages and to automate speech sounds for transmission by telephone.

Edison's phonographs recorded onto a cylinder. Emile Berliner patented his Gramophone in 1887. The Gramophone involved a system of recording using a disc. The disc could be easily mass produced by molding and stamping, and required less storage space for a collection of recordings. Through experimentation, in 1892 Berliner began commercial production of his disc records, and "gramophones" or "talking-machines".

From the mid-1890s until the early 1920s both phonograph cylinder and disc recordings and machines to play them on were widely mass-marketed and sold. The disc system gradually became more popular due to its cheaper price and better marketing by disc record companies. Edison ceased cylinder manufacture in the autumn of 1929, and the history of disc and cylinder rivalry was concluded.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Sarah Bernhardt by Félix Nadar (1859)

Sarah Bernhardt (1844–1923) was a world famous French stage actress. Photo by the renowned photographer Félix Nadar, 1859.

Zouave 2nd Division, Portrait of Roger Fenton

Roger Fenton was particularly keen to show the ethnic diversity in the allied camp during the Crimean War (1853-1856): Croats, Egyptians, Macedonians, Zouaves and Algerian infantrymen. He had himself photographed (in 1855) by his assistant Marcus Sparling, in a Zouave uniform, an infantry brigade created in 1831 in Algeria which distinguished itself during the Crimean War.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Prince Henry

Prince Henry of the Netherlands (prins Hendrik) (1820-1879). Brother of king William III of the Netherlands. Hoping to produce an heir to the throne he married 22 year old princes Marie of Prussia in 1878. The marriage remained childless. He had a long maritime career and therefore he is often referred to as Henry the Seafarer

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Königsberg: Rose Garden Market Place

Here you can see the remains of the Rose Garden Market place (Rossgarten Markt).

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Saturday, June 20, 2009

Carte De Visite

Lizzie Johnston, Kentucky. Actress?

The carte de visite (CDV) was a type of small photograph the size of a visiting card. It was a thin paper photograph mounted on a thicker paper card. The size of a carte de visite ia card sized 2½ × 4 inches. It was enormously popular in the 1850s and 1860s. People were not only buying photographs of themselves, but also buying and trading photographs of celebrities among friends and visitors.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Maude Fealy - Romeo & Julia (1898/1903)

Maude Fealy (1883-1971) was an American stage and film actress. She appeared in her first movie in 1911. The postcard shows most likely Maude as Juliet from "Romeo & Juliet" (1898/1903).

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Germany wins WWI

After they had beaten Russia the German Empire was close to victory in the first world war. This map shows what could have happen if Germany had won the first world war.

Monday, June 15, 2009

City Wall Rome

(photo by RfA)

City Wall Rome. The building of these walls started in 270 AD by emperor Aurelian. These so -called Aurelian Walls were almost 19 km (12 miles) long.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Alphonse Mucha - Reverie

‘Reverie’ by Mucha (1897). Originally designed for a calendar for Mucha's printer Champenois, this became one of the artist's most frequently reprinted pictures.

Friday, June 12, 2009

New York City

November 28, 1933. New York City looking down South Street. By Samuel Gottscho.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Greta Garbo - The Mysterious Lady

1928 movie poster. 

One of Garbo's best silent movies.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

The cookhouse of the 8th Hussars

8th Hussars soldiers preparing a meal at the cookhouse in the field during the Crimean War, 1855 (by Roger Fenton).

In the background stands a woman and on the left is the side of Fenton's photographic van.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Lauren Bacall

Lauren Bacall

Born Betty Joan Perske in New York City in 1924. Known for her husky voice and sultry looks, she has continued acting to the present day.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009


This daguerreotype dates from around 1850.


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