Early Modern Dance: The Denishawn Collection These are from the 68 images in the Denishawn Collection on the Flickr Commons. Ruth St. Denis and Ted Shawn established the Denishawn School in 1915.
Archive for the ‘People’ Category
Posted by havealittletalk on November 17, 2012
Posted by havealittletalk on October 20, 2012
Can’t get enough of zeppelins and balloons, one of the collections from this source.
Another collection deals with tobacco:
Another, called Allerzielen, Allerheiligen / All Souls’ Day, All Saints’ Day, features graves.Another focuses on “new life”:
Inventions, some stranger than others:
Posted in Exploration, Flickr Commons, Historical, People, Places, Transportation | Tagged: cigarettes, Empire State Building, Flickr Commons, hatchling chick, Nationaal Archief of the Netherlands, Space suit for stratospheric balloon, Vincent van Gogh Theo [Theodore] van Gogh graves, zeppelins | Leave a Comment »
Posted by havealittletalk on July 9, 2012
I’ve been neglecting the blog because I moved house, to a new state: a major change. But I’m picking up where I left off.
Here are some shots of famous folks from the 20th Century Photographs set in the National Archives, United Kingdom on the Flickr Commons.
Posted in Flickr Commons, Historical, People | Tagged: Anthony Eden, Benito Mussolini, Catherine Hepburn, Charles de Gaulle, Eric Blair, George Orwell, John Dixon Scott, Lillie Langtry, Lord Baden-Powell, Neville Chamberlain, Princess Elizabeth Windsor, William Downey, William Little | Leave a Comment »
Posted by havealittletalk on August 6, 2011
These images are from the Dr. Alice S. Kandell Collection of Sikkim Photographs at the Library of Congress, described in my last post.
Posted in Historical, Library of Congress, People, Places | Tagged: Dr. Alice S. Kandell Collection of Sikkim Photographs, Lachung, Library of Congress, Mount Kānchenjunga, Nathu La Pass, Pemayangtse, Primula flowers, rice terraces, Sikkim, Tsongmo Lake | Leave a Comment »
Posted by havealittletalk on August 3, 2011
These images are from a special collection at the Library of Congress:
[The] Dr. Alice S. Kandell Collection of Sikkim Photographs portrays the people and landscape of a kingdom high in the Himalaya Mountains. Sikkim, now part of India, borders on Tibet, Nepal, and Bhutan. Dr. Kandell captured these vivid scenes in order to document a vanishing culture. During visits between 1965 and 1979 (primarily 1965-1971), Dr. Kandell received special permission to photograph Buddhist monks and lamas, ceremonial dances, and monasteries; people working on farms, in canning factories, and at special crafts; and the royal palace and chapel at Gangtok, including the last king, Chogyal Palden Thondup Namgyal, his American wife Queen Hope Cooke (Dr. Kandell’s college friend), and their family.
Also depicted are the villages and people of Singhik and Lachung, the mountains of Kānchenjunga, the Ralang Hot Springs, and the Gangtok bazaar as well as different ethnic groups including the Kirati (Kiranti), Lepcha, Nepalese, and Bhutia people. Other photographs show the material culture, including religious paintings, ceremonial masks, jewelry and carpets. Special events feature the coronation in 1965 and the wedding of Princess Yanchen Dolma and Simon Abraham in 1979.
Dr. Alice S. Kandell dedicated her rights to the public domain when making this generous gift to the Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, in 2010. The entire collection includes approximately 15,000 photographs available for research use at the Library.
About 300 have been digitized.
Credit lines should read as follows:
Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division. Dr. Alice S. Kandell Collection of Sikkim Photographs, [reproduction number, e.g., LC-USZ62-123456]
Posted in Historical, Library of Congress, People, Places | Tagged: Black Hat Lama, Blue Mahakala, Bon practices hex, Do-Drul Chorten stupa, Dr. Alice S. Kandell Collection of Sikkim Photographs, Gangtok, Guruda bird dancer, gyalings, Library of Congress, prayer wheels, Rumtek Monastery, Sikkim, stupa | Leave a Comment »
Posted by havealittletalk on June 9, 2011
Looking for “brides” in the Library of Congress’s Prints & Photographs Online Catalog, I found a number of public domain images of weddings of famous people. Here is a selection:
Posted in Historical, Library of Congress, People | Tagged: Alice Roosevelt-Longworth, Bouvier-Kennedy wedding, Caruso Wedding Party, Count Szechenyi, Dorothy Park Benjamin, Library of Congress's Prints & Photographs Online Catalog, Nicholas Longworth, Princess Mary's wedding coach, Toni Frissell, Tricia Nixon, Warren K. Leffler | Leave a Comment »
Posted by havealittletalk on May 10, 2011
If it seems there have been a lot of photographs of strange hats on ladies’ heads these past few weeks, first at the royal wedding and then the Kentucky derby, consider that such sights are anything but new. Have a look at these absurdities, all from the Library of Congress’s online image collection.
At least Fergie’s daughters’ silly hats didn’t contribute to the extinction of any species. The same cannot be said of these. By 1900, egrets and herons had been hunted almost to the point of extinction, and the decimation in the United States was only stopped by the passage of the Lacey Act. Worldwide, the slaughter continued, and a 1913 source states that:
In 1911, the feathers of 129,000 egrets; 13,598 herons; 20,698 birds of paradise; 41,090 hummingbirds; 9,464 eagles, condors and other birds of prey; and 9,472 other birds were sold at auction in London for the millinery trade.
You can read more about that here.I’m not sure whether real feathers were used to construct the artificial birds for this get-up, but I expect so.
At least no birds died for this oddity:
And then there is this. The woman is identified as Marie Dressler, and she also appears in a caricature from a book called Stage Folk. At least she may be remembered in some context other than simply as a lady who wore a silly hat in 1909.
Posted by havealittletalk on January 16, 2011
Posted in Historical, Library of Congress, National Archives, People, Places | Tagged: Alabama, Carol M. Highsmith, Civil Rights March on Washington D.C., Civil Rights Memorial, Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church, Dexter Parsonage Museum, Dr. Martin Luther King, George F. Landegger Alabama Library of Congress Collection, Jr., Library of Congress, Martin Luther King Jr. Birth Home, Montgomery, National Archives | 1 Comment »
Posted by havealittletalk on December 31, 2010
Here are a handful of snowflakes, courtesy of the NOAA Photo Library National Weather Service (NWS) Collection.
Posted in Historical, NOAA, NOAA Photo Library, People | Tagged: Christmas 2010 snow storm, National Weather Service (NWS) Collection, NOAA Environmental Visualization Laboratory, NOAA Photo Library, snow, Studies among the Snow Crystals, Wilson Bentley | Leave a Comment »
Posted by havealittletalk on October 19, 2010
October 19 is novelist Philip Pullman’s birthday. I started looking for public domain images on the internet when I was compiling a guide to his trilogy, His Dark Materials. So today I’ve decided to indulge myself and return to have a look at some of these.
The characters in His Dark Materials move between worlds. One of them is ours, and one, the setting of the first novel, Northern Lights in the UK and The Golden Compass in the US, is a lot like ours, but has a number of intriguing differences. One is that the soul or conscience, the essence that distinguishes humans, called a dæmon, is externalized in the form of an animal. In childhood a person’s dæmon can change forms, but once puberty is reached, it settles in one species’ form.
In the course of the story, the main character, Lyra, matures into a young woman. As a child, one of her dæmon Pantalaimon’s favorite forms was that of a pine marten, and that is what Pan settles as. Here, courtesy of the US Fish and Wildlife Service, is a delightful image of a pine marten.
Another wonderful dæmon is Hester, whose person is Lee Scoresby, a brave and compassionate aëronaut. Hester settled as a hare, and this jackrabbit at Yellowstone National Park reminded me of her.
Jackrabbit. By W.L. Miller for the National Park Service
In Lyra’s world, history has taken a different route as well, but some of the peoples, if not nations, are the same as in ours. Lyra’s father tells her he’ll bring her back a carved walrus tusk from his travels to the Arctic, and one of the windows connecting her world to ours is not far from Nunivak, Alaska. So I was pleased to find this image in the Library of Congress:
The ivory carver–Nunivak by Edward Curtis, 1929. LC-USZ62-74131
A turquoise ring of his mother’s is important to Lee Scoresby and Stanislaus Grumman, who in our world was an explorer but when he accidentally found himself in Lyra’s took instruction from a Siberian shaman.
Navajo silversmith by William J. Carpenter, 1915. LC-USZ62-99580
Goldi shaman priest and assistant by William Henry Jackson, 1895. LC-USZC2-6391
Posted in Exploration, Fish and Wildlife Service, Historical, Library of Congress, National Park Service, People, Places | Tagged: daemon, Edward Curtis, Golden Compass, Goldi, His Dark Materials, jackrabbit, Lee Scoresby, Library of Congress, Lyra, National Park Service, Navajo, Northern Lights, Nunivak, Pantalaimon, Philip Pullman, pine marten, Siberian shaman, US Fish and Wildlife Service, William Henry Jackson, William J. Carpenter, Yellowstone National Park | Leave a Comment »