Monday, 30 October 2017

Sunday, 29 October 2017

Saturday, 28 October 2017

Imperial County


Brawley, Imperial County, California. "In Farm Security Administration migratory labor camp. Family of mother, father and eleven children, originally from near Mangrum, Oklahoma, where he had been tenant farmer. Came to California in 1936 after the drought. Since then has been traveling from crop to crop in California, following the harvest. Six of the eleven children attend school wherever the family stops long enough. Five older children work along with the father and mother. February 23, two of the family have been lucky and 'got a place' (a day's work) in peas on the Sinclair ranch. Father had earned about $1.73 for ten-hour day. Oldest daughter had earned $1.25. From these earnings they had to provide their transportation to the fields 20 miles away. Mother wants to return to Oklahoma, father unwilling." February 1939. Photo by Dorothea Lange for the Farm Security Administration. (Shorpy)

Friday, 27 October 2017

Jacques Garnerin's Parachute


The first parachute by Jacques Garnerin, tested by himself in the park of Mousseaux, 22 October 1797. Three technical illustrations show "Calotte du parachute" (crown of parachute); "Parachute ployé, à l'instant du départe" (folded parachute, moment of release from ascending balloon); and "Parachute déployé, à l'instant de la séparation d'avec le ballon" (unfolded parachute, moment of separation). Etching with aquatint, hand-colored. 1798 or 1799 (Year 7 of the French revolutionary calendar)

Thursday, 26 October 2017

Dancing Mothers

Publicity shot for the film Dancing Mothers
with Clara Bow and Conway Tearle, 1926
Photo: Famous-Laskey Productions

Lobby card for the 1926 film Dancing Mothers
(Paramount Pictures)

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Sunday, 22 October 2017

Friday, 13 October 2017

Edward Lear

Photo: McLean, Melhuish & Haes - 1862
Albumen print, carte-de-visite
(National Portrait Gallery, London)

"Illustrations of the Family of Psittacidae, or Parrots"
(1832) by Edward Lear

Monday, 9 October 2017

Sunday, 8 October 2017

Poor Old Mrs Constitution


Burking Poor Old Mrs Constitution, Aged 141 (1829), a satirical cartoon by the British artist William Heath. It depicts the Duke of Wellington and Robert Peel in the roles of the body-snatchers Burke and Hare, suffocating Mrs Docherty for sale to Dr. Knox. This cartoon represents Wellington's and Peel's perceived extinguishing of the Constitution of 1688 through the Catholic Emancipation, particularly the Roman Catholic Relief Act of 1829.

Saturday, 7 October 2017

Magazine Cover Art

Artwork by Earle Bergey

Thrilling Wonder Stories, Summer 1944
Artwork by Earle Bergey

Thrilling Wonder Stories, Spring 1946
Artwork by Earle Bergey

Friday, 6 October 2017

Esther Eggers


Esther Eggers, aged 22. Criminal record number 465LB, 16 December 1919.
State Reformatory for Women, Long Bay, NSW

Crime: Malicious injury to property and wounding with intent
to do grievous bodily harm. When a police officer arrived to
arrest Esther Eggers for malicious damage she attacked him,
causing serious injury. Eggers was sentenced to 12 months prison.
Part of an archive of forensic photography created by the NSW Police
between 1912 and 1964. New South Wales. Dept. of  Prisons.
(b&w Glass plate negative)

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Jean Genet


Dr. Hans Koechler, President of the I.P.O., right,
receiving French author Jean Genet at the Imperial
Hotel in Vienna (19 December 1983) in connection with a
lecture organized by the International Progress Organization.
Photograph: I.P.O.

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Oswego, New York

Light house and Fort Ontario, Oswego, N.Y.
8 x 10 in. glass negative - ca.1900
(Detroit Publishing Co.)