Monday, December 25, 2017

Happy Christmas!

Medieval 'Wall Houses' (build on and with the remains of the first city wall)
near the so-called Thief's Tower* in Amersfoort (photo by RfA, 2011)

I wish all the readers a happy and warm Christmas and don't eat too much!

wiki (translated) and here it is from the other site.

next episode: a new year I guess

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Rome 1640

ca. 1640
Rome 1652. Click to enlarge!

Ca. 1640 bird's eye view of Rome by Matthäus Merian (1593 - 1650).

next episode: Christmas

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Una Merkel & Turkey

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Friday, November 17, 2017

Portrait of a Young Woman - Domenico Ghirlandaio

Portrait of a Young Woman by Domenico Ghirlandaio, ca 1490. Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon.

Domenico Ghirlandaio (1448-1494) was an Italian Renaissance painter from Florence. An enlarged copy of this painting was visible above the entrance of one of the metro stations in Lisbon when I visited this city in 2015. We have seen one of his paintings before over here.

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Friday, September 29, 2017

Maude On The Cover

I discovered that the American post-punk band Protomartyr uses an image of Maude Fealy for the album art of their new album 'Relatives In Descent'. And it appears to be based on one of my own postcards! Here is the original picture:

Check the imprint of the postmark on the album cover and on this postcard in the upper right corner, their artwork designer (Joe Casey) indeed used my card! (the postmark is dated May 27 1906 5:30PM)

And here are some more pictures of Maude posing as a nun:

(all postcards from my own collection)

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Gene Tierney - The Painting Of Laura * Update *

 portrait of Laura
Thanks to John Escobar who provided this recent photo of the portrait of Laura!  

The painting of Laura (Gene Tierney)

Gene Tierney's best known role is the enigmatic murder victim in Laura (1944). As the detective assigned to investigate her death, Dana Andrews falls in love with the bewitching portrait of Laura over the fireplace in the apartment. Then, several days after her supposed death, he falls asleep on the sofa only to awaken and find that Laura was not just a dream, captured on canvas, but …

At first a painting was made by the wife of the initial director Mamoulian. After a month of filming he was fired, and Otto Preminger took over. He found the painting unflattering, he said it lacked the mysterious feel that the painting needed to capture the audience. It was flat and boring. Since it plays a large role in the movie, he wanted it to be perfect, it had to have allure and power. 

To replace it, Preminger sent Gene to studio photographer Frank Polony. Several portrait shots were taken, and the best shot was enlarged to the size of a painting. After it was framed it was lightly airbrushed with paint, giving it the appearance of brush strokes.

This painting of Gene Tierney as Laura was later also used in On the Riviera (1951) in color co-starring Danny Kaye, and in Woman's World (1954) starring Clifton Webb. In Woman's World the painting hung on a wall with portraits of several other women who were supposed to have been former romantic interests of Webb's character.

Monday, July 17, 2017


Clockwise: Olga, Tatiana, Maria and Anastasia (OTMA)

Today,  99 years ago, they were murdered at Yekaterinburg.

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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Barbara Stanwyck

Barbara Stanwyck

Barbara Stanwyck (born Ruby Catherine Stevens) was born July 16th, 1907.

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Monday, July 10, 2017

Main Street, Littleton

Main Street, Littleton, New Hampshire (ca 1908).

Excerpt from a photo found on

Present day situation (source).

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Queen Victoria Receiving News of Her Accession to the Throne

Queen Victoria Receiving News of Her Accession to the Throne by Henry Tanworth Wells, 1887 (Royal Collection Trust)

In the early hours of the morning on Tuesday 20th June 1837 Queen Victoria receives the news of her accession from Lord Conyngham (left) and the Archbishop of Canterbury at Kensington Palace.

In her diary Victoria wrote: "I was awoke at 6 o'clock by Mamma,who told me the Archbishop of Canterbury and Lord Conyngham were here and wished to see me. I got out of bed and went into my sitting room (only in my dressing gown) and alone, and saw them. Lord Conyngham (the Lord Chamberlain) then acquainted me that my poor Uncle, the King, was no more, and had expired at 12 minutes past 2 this morning, and consequently that I am Queen."

 Victoria Regina by Henry Tanworth Wells, 1880
(Tate Gallery, London)

The painter, Henry Tanworth Wells (1828–1903), was inspired by the description of the incident he read in the Diaries of Miss Frances Williams Wynn and first attempted a much larger version which he exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1880.

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Miss Gabrielle Ray

Rotary postcard 470 B.

September 12, 1905. From J. Lo to Miss Bee Armitage (Over Brewery, Over, Winsford): 

"Hope you will like this position"

next episode: Vicky

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Shopkeeper 1840s

Daguerreotype of a shopkeeper posing behind the counter of a haberdashery, location unknown, ca. 1840s.

next episode: needle in a haystack

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Liberation Day

photo via Archief Eeemland 

On Monday, May 7th, 1945 the Canadian Allied forces entered Amersfoort.

Nationwide Liberation Day is celebrated on May 5th. On May 4th the victims of World War II are commemorated.

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Thursday, April 27, 2017

King's Day

King's Day celebrations (source unknown)

Today is King's Day in The Netherlands. It is a national holiday in the Netherlands, dedicated to celebrating the 'birthday' of the king. More than 300.000 people visit Amsterdam...

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Civil War Nurse

Civil War nurse Anne Bell caring for federal soldiers, ca. 1861-1865, Nashville, Tennessee

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

π Day!

Today's date is 3-14: so it is Pi Day!

So today you have a good excuse to eat pi :-)

nice pun of Harry Nilsson's song One (is the loneliest number)

A Brief History of π

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Saturday, March 4, 2017

Maude's Birthday!

Maude was born on March 4, 1883.

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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Charlotte van Braam, Java, ca 1850-1865 (

Photo by James Page (1833-1865). CDV from the Amsterdam Rijksmuseum.

next episode: haberdashery

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Never Let me Go

Gene Tierney in Never Let Me Go

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Friday, February 10, 2017

Princess Maria Kochubey

next episode: pie

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy New Year !

Clara Bow and Larry Gray, 1925 (General Photographic Agency)

A happy new 1925 2017 to all my readers!

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