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Domesticated Animals: From the National Library of Ireland in the Flickr Commons

Posted by Laurie Frost on April 1, 2014

Another source on Flickr’s Commons, the National Library of Ireland, has 38 sets of pictures to choose from, including one called “4 Legs Good, 2 Legs Bad,” from which these come:

The Flickr description of this one of a Royal Welsh Fusilier with the Regimental Goat says it was taken around 1887 near Fermoy, Co. Cork.

goaaat

 

A pug, circa 1900:

pug

 

More is known about this photo, taken January 14, 1906: “This greyhound is Peerless de Wet, winner of the 1905 inaugural Irish Cup that is pictured here in pride of place (for Coursing, run at Limerick). The dog was born in 1902. He was owned by R.F. Phelan, who named his champion after General Christiaan Rudolf de Wet, a Boer General. One of these gentlemen may be R.F. Phelan.”

greyhound

Here is Lieutenant H.J.P. King, an officer in the Royal Artillery, stationed at Waterford, in 1901:

hprse

Irish wolfhound Leitrim Boy, mascot for the Irish Guards, in 1917:

wold

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Flickr Commons: Nationaal Archief of the Netherlands, 2

Posted by Laurie Frost on October 23, 2012

More from the Nationaal Archief of the Netherlands collections in the Flickr Commons.

Winter fashions are featured in one set, Herfst- en wintermode / Autumn- and winter fashion, and winter sports in another:

Wintermode 1914 / Winter fashion 1914

 

Ski-zeilen / Ski-sailing, ‘Ski-sailing’, a new sport invented in Austria, demonstrated in St. Moritz, Switzerland, January 1938.

Then there are some sets of other nations and places, such as Japan and New York City:

Bedelmonnik / Mendicant. Mendicant with staff, begging bowl and pointed hat. [Photo, hand coloured albumine, from series of 42 prints at Spaarnestad Photo by Felice Beato, Kusakabe Kimbei or Raimund baron von Stillfried. Japan, around 1868-1874.]

Luchtfoto Manhattan / Aerial photograph of Manhattan.
Aerial photograph of Manhattan, New York (10.000 feet). The street pattern is based on the (in those days) revolutionairy parce; pattern of the Dutch municipality Beemster polder.

And then there are a number of images of WWI and WWII; here are some from the First World War.

Eerste Wereldoorlog, mobilisatie. First World War, mobilization, declaration of war: a group of soldiers with a cloth to throw one of them into the air during preparations for the battle at the front. England, 1915

 

Eerste Wereldoorlog, loopgraven. First World War. A French soldier wearing a kind of armour as protection against flying bullets above the trench. France, 1915.

 

Eerste Wereldoorlog, oefening Eton College. The Great War. First World War, mobilization, declaration of war: pupils of Eton college exercising in suit and high hat, rifle over the shoulder. England, 1915.

 

Eerste Wereldoorlog, legerhond sergeant Stubby. The Great War. First World War, United States of America, the American army dog Stubby, rank of sergeant. Stubby died in 1926.

 

Eerste Wereldoorlog, krijgsgevangenen. The Great War. First World War, Russian army. The Russians teaching the German prisoners of war the cossack dance. The Eastern front, Russia, 1915.

 

Eerste Wereldoorlog, luchtoorlog. The Great War. First World War. German Taube-plane hunted down by a French plane with a machine gun. France, 1914.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Flickr Commons: National Media Museum, UK. Part 2

Posted by Laurie Frost on February 28, 2012

More from the National Media Museum, Bradford, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom’s eclectic group of subsets in the Flickr Commons.

First, one of 12 sequential photographs by Eadweard Muybridge (1830-1904) from a set called  “Joanna Quinn Selects.” Quinn is an animator.

'Cockatoo flying', 1887, Eadweard Muybridge

Plate 758, 'Cockatoo flying'

From “Animals”:

Cat and Dog Jumping. by Arthur Clive Banfield (1875-1965)

'Cat and Dog Jumping'

The Museum notes that this is a chronophoto: “Frozen in motion using bright lights of electrical sparks created from Leyden jars.”

You never know when you might need a picture of a “yawning koala bear”

or an old English black rat:

by Douglas English (died 1939).

'Mr and Mrs Rattus: Old English Black Rat'

One from “Snapping Dogs” set:

Reference print for 'Hound of the Baskervilles'. Photographer unknown.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/nationalmediamuseum/308487696

and from “Human Expressions”:

'Expression of Joy' from 'The Expression of Emotions in Man and Animals' London 1872. Charles Darwin (1809-1882)

'Expressions of Grief' from 'The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals' London 1872. Charles Darwin (1809-1882)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

'Expressions of Grief' from 'The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals' London 1872.  Charles Darwin (1809-1882)

'Expression of Joy' from 'The Expression of Emotions in Man and Animals' London 1872.  Charles Darwin (1809-1882)

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Christmas Cats

Posted by Laurie Frost on December 15, 2011

Stumbled across while browsing at random in the Library of Congress’s Prints & Photographs Online Catalog: cats at Christmas and having a pillow fight. Why not?

Cats decorating Christmas tree. By Louis Wain. 1906. LC-D416-29198

A Christmas catastrophe : please, sir, the rat entree has escaped and eaten the turkey. By Louis Wain. 1906. LC-D416-29197

“May every cat grow sleek and fat on turkey this Christmas Day” on sign above cat standing near center of table.

Cats in the dormitory. By Louis Wain. 1906 LC-D416-29199

And sending you greetings:

LC-USZ62-84135

by John Scott Clubb. Published in the Rochester Herald, December 25, 1913.

And feasting and imbibing  and overdoing both:

LC-USZC2-3074

LC-USZC2-3073

By Currier and Ives,  c 1871.

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Threatened and Endangered Species from the US Fish and Wildlife Service

Posted by Laurie Frost on October 13, 2011

These public domain images of threatened or endangered species are courtesy of the US Fish and Wildlife Service’s Digital Library.

Canis rufus. Red Wolf at the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge. By Steve Hillebrand. 335.1.01_Hillebrand_LO5S5248a.jpg

 

Ursus americuans. Black bear at the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge. By Steve Hillebrand. 335.1.01_Hillebrand_LO5S4773a.jpg

 

Icaricia icarioides missionensis. Mission Blue Butterfly. By Stuart Weiss.

 

Alligator mississippiensis. J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge, Florida. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service_310.1.15_2009-09-29

 

Mycteria americana. Wood Stork. J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge, Florida. By Steve Hillebrand. Hillebrand_310.1.15_2009-01-29

 

Mustela nigripes. Black-Footed Ferret at Black-Footed Ferret Recovery Program in Colorado. By Ryan Hagerty. WV-W5B1587

 

Florida Panther. WO2883-33F

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Surprises from the US Fish & Wildlife Service Digital Library

Posted by Laurie Frost on April 16, 2011

These aren’t images I’d expect to find in the US Fish & Wildlife Service Digital Library, but you never know what you’ll find where, right?

Credit lines should read as follows: Credit: [photographer’s name]/US Fish and Wildlife Service or Credit: [photographer’s name]/USFWS.

The first eight images were made in East Africa (Kenya or Tanzania) by Gary M. Stolz.

Three cheetahs (Acinonyx jubatusz) sitting in Kenya, Africa. [WO5670-007]

Grant’s zebra. [WO5667-007]

Caracal. [WO5677-007]

Serval cat. [WO5675-007]

  Reticulated giraffe. [WO5633-007]

Dwarf mongoose. [WO5648-007]

Leopard. [WO5666-007]

African elephant (Loxodonta africana). [WO5641-007]

African lion. Photographed by Ken Stansell. [WO5105-25]

African lion. Photographed by Ken Stansell. [WO5111Highlights]

A silverback (adult male gorilla) from Rwanda holds up a piece of bamboo. Photographed by Richard Ruggiero. [WOE396]

Mona ground iguana (Cyclura cornuta stejnegeri) photographed by Mike Morel in Puerto Rico. [WO-519MMorel]

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Dragons

Posted by Laurie Frost on November 13, 2010

Here’s a variety of dragons, all culled from the Library of Congress’s vast storehouse.

This first is such an odd thing. This woodcut (1472) by Roberto Valturio is described as depicting a mobile tank-like fortress in the shape of a dragon. [Mobile tank-like fortress in the shape of a dragon]

LC-USZ62-110292

Next up, another woodcut,  is  based on Revelation of John: (12:3-12:7) Michael and his angels fighting a seven-headed dragon, and (13:1-13:2) Saint John seeing a similar seven-headed beast that looked like a leopard rising out of the sea.  It was published in Apocalypsis Sancti Johannis [Germany, ca. 1470].

[From the Revelation of John: (12:3-12:7) Michael and his angels fighting a seven-headed dragon, and (13:1-13:2) Saint John seeing a similar seven-headed beast that looked like a leopard rising out of the sea]

LC-USZ62-110334

St. Michael seems to be having to work at vanquishing his dragon, but his angelic comrade on the upper right appears to be enjoying the battle in this woodcut by Albrecht Dürer, ca. 1511.

[St. Michael fighting the dragon]

LC-DIG-ppmsca-06618

This British World War I poster from 1915 makes use of the legend of St. George and the Dragon:

Britain needs you at once

LC-USZC4-11248 

But intriguingly, so does this one, Unser Kaiser an sein Volk  by Edward Kaempster.  Under the heading “Our Emperor to his people” ” is a proclamation issued by Kaiser Wilhelm II on July 31, 1914, concerning the advent of war, the coming struggle, and the need to pray for God’s help for the soldiers. Poster was issued for the benefit of the Red Cross.”

Unser Kaiser an sein Volk

 LC-USZC4-11627

These Japanese men are not stabbing the dragon, they are holding him up with sticks for the dragon dance.

Tojin ja-odori no zu

Tojin ja-odori no zu [Chinese dragon dance]. Between 1850 and 1900. LC-USZC4-10363

Another Japanese woodcut, this one, Tobae mitate ryūgen sennin [Toba-e correspondence of a Chinese sage], by Toyohiro Utagawa is thought to be from between 1804 and 1818. It “shows a man smoking a cigarette in a long holder, and a dragon ascending in a plume of smoke coming from a box on the ground next to him; a child(?) gestures toward the dragon.” Tobae mitate ryūgen sennin

LC-DIG-jpd-00052

Fuji [mori]goe no ryū

Fuji [mori]goe no ryū [Dragon rising over Mount Fuji]. Between 1890 and 1920. LC-DIG-jpd-01939

 

Here’s a dragon spitting water, not fire, photographed by Arnold Genthe for Travel Views of  Japan and Korea (1908).

Travel views of Japan and Korea

LC-G397-T01-0214

 

This print “shows a woman playing a koto with a dragon curled around her.”

 Ryū ko niban

Ryū ko niban [Tiger and dragon] by Gogaku Yajima [between 1818 and 1830].  LC-DIG-jpd-00088 

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Presidential and Portrait Studio Cats

Posted by Laurie Frost on October 1, 2010

There are those who are comfortable with cats, and those who aren’t — or maybe it is one thing to be in the company of a cat [human] you know, and altogether different to be with a strange cat [human]. 

The first four images are from the National Archives. The remainder are from the Library of Congress.

Photograph of Socks the Cat on President William J. Clinton's Shoulder, 03/25/1993 Socks the Cat on President William J. Clinton’s Shoulder, 03/25/1993. ARC Identifier 2131121

Photograph of Socks the Cat Visiting the U.S. Soldiers and Airmen's Home, 09/16/1993

 Socks the Cat Visiting the U.S. Soldiers and Airmen’s Home, 09/16/1993. ARC Identifier 3578323

No one would know from these pictures that Amy Carter didn’t often smile for the photographers who hounded her. And isn’t it nice to see an apple-faced Siamese instead of the bony, hyper-angular look breeders seem to think all must prefer these days? 

Amy Carter with her cat Misty Malarky Ying Yang, 08/15/1977. ARC Identifier 175914

 Amy Carter with her cat, Misty Malarky Ying Yang, 02/03/1978. ARC Identifier 177850

"Tige" the White House cat and pet of Mrs. Coolidge has been returned

“‘Tige, the White House cat and pet of Mrs. Coolidge, has been returned. Benj. Fink, guard at the Navy Dept. found Tige promenading around the Navy Bldg. and immediately returned him to the White House.  Tige’s disappearance was broadcasted by Wash. radio stations.” March 25, 1924. LC-USZ62-131880

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These next photographs are all by Arnold Genthe  (1869-1942). Born and raised in Germany, his first studio was in San Francisco where he worked from 1898 to 1911, when he moved to New York City. He photographed the rich and famous, but also is remembered for his books of images of Chinatown in San Francisco, New Orleans, and dance.

Now, here is Buzzer his studio cat. If he doesn’t look too pleased posing alone, he seems to barely tolerate the series of fine ladies who disturb his days.

 Buzzer the cat, portrait photograph

 Buzzer the cat, portrait photograph. LC-G432-0187

Warren, Gertrude, Miss, or Miss Jackman, with Buzzer the cat, portrait photograph

Campbell, Natalie, Miss, with Buzzer the cat, portrait photograph

Silvester child with Buzzer the cat, portrait photograph

Frost, Lucille, Miss, with Buzzer the cat, portrait photograph

Who does Buzzer like least? And what does he think of that fox head?

There are dozens more of these at the Library of Congress — different ladies, same disgruntled cat.

 

LC-G432-0185, LC-G432-0604-A,  LC-G432-0870, LC-DIG-agc-7a13489

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Black Cats

Posted by Laurie Frost on September 24, 2010

Each of these images, for which there are “no known restrictions” on use, is courtesy of the Library of Congress.

The black cat

“The Black Cat” from Four illustrations for the Tales of Edgar Allan Poe, drawn by Aubrey Beardsley. 1901. LC-USZ62-108227

International baking powder. Manufactured by Queen City Chemical Co., Buffalo, N.Y.

c. 1885.   LC-DIG-ppmsca-09480

About Paris, by Richard Harding Davis, illustrated by O.D. Gibson

By  Edward Penfield, 1895.   LC-USZC4-133166

Aladdin Jr. a tale of a wonderful lamp.

c. 1894.   POS – TH – 1894 .A43, no. 1

Hoyt's latest success, A day and a night the howling success.

c. 1899.    POS – TH – 1899 .D39, no. 3

Treat 'em rough - Join the tanks United States Tank Corps /

By August Hutaf, 1917.   LC-USZC4-10141

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“Animals in Human Situations”: A Subject Heading in the Library of Congress

Posted by Laurie Frost on June 13, 2010

I can’t remember what I was looking for in the Library of Congress’s Prints and Photographs Online catalog when I came across the subject heading, “Animals in Human Situations.” But I had to have a look. Restricting my search to those with “no known restrictions on publication,” here is a sampling of what I found.

The amount of information known about these images varies. For a few I’ve been able to include summaries which are copied from the Library of Congress catalog. Titles of the images are also those in the catalog.

David Belasco's new farcical comedy, Naughty Anthony

“David Belasco’s new farcical comedy, Naughty Anthony.”  c. 1899. [LC- 68998]

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