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Tuesday, October 27, 2015
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Seated portrait of Justine Monro (later Gallie) (left) and miss Binney (right)
The Misses Binney
All photos by David Octavius Hill and Robert Adamson, Edinburgh, ca. 1843-47. From a volume of calotype images and portraits (an early photographic technique also called Talbotype), Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York).
More portraits can be found here.
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Saturday, October 17, 2015
Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Jonathan the tortoise, who lives on the British-controlled island of St. Helena, is thought to be the world’s oldest living land creature. He has been kept in the paddock at Plantation House, the British governor’s residence. Jonathan, who is nearly blind and relies heavily on his sense of hearing, loves having his neck stroked.
Jonathan, a Boer War prisoner, and a guard, around 1900
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Sunday, October 11, 2015
Her motion picture debut was in a supporting role as Eleanor Stone in Fritz Lang's western The Return of Frank James (1940), opposite Henry Fonda. She was the top billing in Ernst Lubitsch's classic 1943 comedy Heaven Can Wait as Martha.
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Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Jabez Hogg making a portrait in Richard Beard's Studio, 1843 (Daguerreotype, Collection Bokelberg, Hamburg).
This is one of the earliest representation of the interior of a portrait studio showing a photographer at work. Notice the stiffly upright sitter clamped into a head-brace, which universally was used to insure steadiness. He clutches the arm of the chair with one hand and makes a fist with the other so that his fingers will not flutter.
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Saturday, October 3, 2015
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).
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