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.
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].
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.
This British World War I poster from 1915 makes use of the legend of St. George and the Dragon:
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.”
These Japanese men are not stabbing the dragon, they are holding him up with sticks for the dragon dance.
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.”
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).
This print “shows a woman playing a koto with a dragon curled around her.”
Ryū ko niban [Tiger and dragon] by Gogaku Yajima [between 1818 and 1830]. LC-DIG-jpd-00088
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Posted by Laurie Frost on August 30, 2009
More views of New Orleans from the Library of Congress. Credits below.
The old Ursuline convent, interior and upper story,and Spanish moss. Photographed in the 1920s by Arnold Genthe.
Canal St. 1901 or 02
Two by Walker Evans for the Farm Security Administration – Office of War Information: “Movie theatre on Saint Charles Street, Liberty Theater” and “Frame houses.”
Credits: All photographs are from the Library of Congress
Image identifier numbers [bracketed note added]:
LC-G391-T-0825 [ Window and stairway]
LC-G406-0059 [Ursuline convent]
LC-G391-T-1417 [Spanish moss]
LC-USZ6-148 [half stereo card]
LC-USZ62-49034 [horses right]
LC-USF342- 001285-A [theatre]
LC-USF342- 008060-E [houses]
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Posted by Laurie Frost on August 28, 2009
“A vista through iron lace, New Orleans.” Arnold Genthe, photographer. Photographic negative made between 1920 and 1926
Four years ago tonight New Orleans and coastal Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama had just a few hours left before Hurricane Katrina made landfall for the second time, having already killed six people and spawned tornadoes doing $1-2 billion property damage in South Florida.
My next few posts will give you a glimpse of some of the thousands of public domain images of New Orleans in the Library of Congress’s Prints and Photographs online, many dating pre-1923. Several of these are from its collection of works by photographer Arnold Genthe (1869-1942). Credits are listed at the end of the post.
St. Louis Cemetery: Because New Orleans is below sea level, people aren’t buried in the ground but rather in above ground tombs or wall vaults. The cemeteries resemble cities of the dead with single family dwellings (tombs) and high rise apartment blocks (wall vaults). The wall vaults are sometimes called ovens. You may remember one of New Orleans’ cemeteries as a setting in Easy Rider.
St. Louis Cathedral: New Orleans is a cathedral town. In this 1903 image from the Detroit Publishing Company Photograph Collection, the St. Louis Cathedral is seen fronted by Jackson Square. A balcony’s iron railings provided Genthe a frame through which to shoot the cathedral, and in the next photo, he shows the cathedral from Chartres Street. Note the wrought iron balconies.
Credits: All photographs are from the Library of Congress’s Arnold Genthe Collection, with the exception on that of Jackson Square [LC det 4a10800r ], which is from its Detroit Publishing Company Photograph Collection.
Image identifier numbers [bracketed note added]:
LC-G391-1059 [wall vaults]
det 4a10800r [Jackson Square]
LC G391-T-0965 [framed]
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