Archive for September 2004
Photographica France, curated by Pierre Druot, has some quite beautiful images from the early days of French photography. This “buste d’une dame florentine”, for example:
The page entitled “Tirages modernes sur papier de vues anciennes” is particularly worth investigating.
Windham Thomas Wyndham-Quin, 4th Earl of Dunraven and Mount-Earl, “soldier, war correspondent, traveller, yachtsman and politician”, got up as Cardinal Mazarin for the Devonshire House Ball of 1897.
From the Lafayette Negative Achive, a collection of 80, 000 portraits of the great and the (not-so) good from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, discovered by chance in an attic, and now held by the Victoria and Albert Museum.
Peak season at the Jacques Weil frog dressing department, about 1903.
From an archive of photographs at the Acadia Parish Library.
The Silver Dart – AEA Drome No. 4 – first flown at Hammondsport on the 6th December, 1908.
The white jug beneath the aircraft has no doubt been lately filled with boiling water.
The “most delightful and browsable of scientific books”, yet most valuable by virtue of its content and historical significance, the “Natural Magick” of Giambattista della Porta was a best-seller from its first appearance in 1558.
And no wonder, when it tells you, for instance , that
“…The Pismire, that little creature, has a sense of the change of the planets. For she works by night about the full of the Moon, but she rests all the space between the old and the new Moon….”
“Take Pirole, Comfrey, Aristolochy*, Featherfew of each a handful. Of Agrimony two. Boil them in the best new Wine. Digest them in Horse Dung. Or take two handfuls of Pirole, of Sanicle, of Sowbread one. Of Ladies Mantel half one. Boil them in two measures of Wine, and drink it morning and evening. Bind the herbs, which you have boiled, upon the wound, having mixed a little Salt with them. And in the meanwhile use no other medicine.”
Click on any of the links in red (the index is a good place to start) to be taken to another world.
*for aristolochy, see also aristologiaro.