Unfinished portrait of George Washington by Gilbert Stuart. This portrait was the source for the face of Washington on the American $1 bill. It hangs in the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.
Edward Sheriff Curtis (1868 – 1952) was an American photographer and ethnologist most famous for his extensive documentation of Native Americans. His publication The North American Indian, a 20-volume work was created between 1907 – 1930 and commissioned by his patron J.P. Morgan. Not only did he photograph members of over 80 tribes, he also made wax recordings of music and language. He documented many aspects of Native American life. Traditional foods, clothing, customs and […]
Liudmyla Mykhailivna Pavlychenko (1916 - 1974) was a Ukrainian Soviet sniper during World War 2. She signed up for the army when she was a 25-year-old history student from Kiev.
It is difficult to imagine we will look just as old-fashioned a hundred years from now.
In the old days the Samurai were Japan’s military nobility and their traditions were forged in the course of a thousand years, but by the end of the 19th century, their demise was inevitable. Fortunately for us, portraits survive of the last samurai. Old photographs of those proud warriors who lived by strict rules or bushidō: the way of the warrior. Loyalty, martial art skills, honor and heroic bravery were essential characteristics of these fearsome […]
The experience of seeming to see something that does not exist or that is other than it appears. (Optical illusion disc, 1833 found on: wikipedia.org) Song for today: Santigold – Rendezvous Girl
The National Museum of Natural History in Washington D.C. has a massive collection of reference materials. Insects, whale bones, plants, exotic birds, fossils, anthropological items; countless secret treasures carefully cared for and stored out of sight by the experts, so we can have a better understanding of our planet. Photos by Chip Clark (via: designboom.com)
Georges Méliès (1861-1938) was the man who created a world of wonder never seen before. As a young boy he fabricated cardboard puppet theaters and marionettes. Later as a trained illusionist he created his own magic tricks and special effects for performances at his own theater. He was also the director, producer, writer, set and costume designer. After seeing a demonstration of the Lumière brothers’ cinematograph he was blown away. Fascinated with this new technology […]
During the 1920s and 1930s in the United States dance marathons were all the rage. Couples would dance non-stop for hours, days, sometimes even months for monetary prizes, while providing entertainment for the audiences watching. These marathons were real endurance contests and often one of the partners would fall asleep, but as long as they remained in motion and their knees did not touch the floor, they were still in the game. The longest dance […]
Evelyn Nesbit (1884-1967) was one of the very first supermodels during th Gilded Age in America. She started modeling for artists to earn money for her family after her father died. At sixteen she moved to New York City to further her career, became a chorus girl and was introduced to Manhattan’s most renowned artists and illustrators. Soon her beautiful face was everywhere: magazine advertisements, souvenirs, calendars and she became the it-girl of her time. […]