History with its flickering lamp stumbles along the trail of the past, trying to reconstruct its scenes, to revive its echoes, and kindle with pale gleams the passion of former days. ~Winston Churchill

20 November, 2011

Celebrate!


This blog has now had over 20,000 views!!! Hooray, and thank you!!!

Fireworks to celebrate!!!


A crowd watching fireworks, USA, 1949. Source



Fireworks in celebration of the wedding of Prince Rainier and Grace Kelly, Monaco, 1956. Source



Fireworks shooting into the sky in Monaco at the Jubilee celebration, 1947. Source



Jubilee celebration in Monaco, 1947. Source


Fireworks at the first Tailteann Games in Ireland, 1924. Source



Fireworks over Heidelberg Castle, Germany, 1961. Source



Fireworks during a festival in Valencia, Spain, 1967. Source



Fireworks for the jubilee of Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands, 1948. Source



Fireworks during a fiesta in Pamplona, Spain, 1947. Source



Fireworks in Philadelphia, 1957. Source



Fireworks in honour of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip's arrival in Portugal, 1957. Source



Fireworks in Barcelona, 1952. Source



Fireworks over the French Riveria, 1938. Source



Fireworks in Paris for Bastille Day, 1959. Source



Fireworks in Paris, 1951. Source



More fireworks in Paris, 1951. Source



People watching fireworks in celebration of independence, Ghana, 1957. Source



Fireworks over Atlantic city for the birthday of president Lyndon Johnson (including firework portrait of him!), 1964. Source



Senator Estes Kefauver with fireworks in Idaho, 1952. Source



Fireworks for the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, London, 1953. Source



Fireworks over Paris for Bastille day, 1968. Source



18 November, 2011

Animals at Sea Part Two

Another set of wonderful photographs of ship's pets and mascots!

With many, many thanks to the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich (UK)-- all images from their collection. 

Part One ! 



A cat of the HMAS Encounter, cozy in a gun muzzle, WWI. Source



Admiral Sir Percy Scott with Peter, the Eland [a type of antelope] mascot of the H.M.S. Good Hope, c. 1908. Source



The Captain with dog Ollie aboard the Holt Hill, c. 1910. Source



Sailors and dog of HMS Laforey, 1915-16. Source



A dog named Monarch aboard the HMS Alexandra, 1887. Source



Mongoose mascot of HMS Emerald, c. 1928. Source



Mr. P. Anderson with dog Russ aboard the Scotia, c. 1902. Source



Poodle aboard an unknown yacht, late 19th century. Source



Rex of the HMS Tiger, c. 1916. Source



Goat mascot of HMS Irresistible, early 20th C. Source



Edward, the Prince of Wales, with a dog aboard the HMS Hindustan, 1911. Source



The Master and Mates with the ship's dog, aboard the Grace Harwar, 1929. Source



A bath for ship's dog Lamps, undated. Source



The mascot of HMS Renown, c. 1941. Source



Apparently a favourite place for cats! Cats of the HMS Hawkins, 1919-21. Source

16 November, 2011

Rebellious Dating, Japan, 1946

Oh, those American soldiers. Whether it's a fling in 1944 London or a date in 1945 France, local girls and foreign soldiers sure get along. So well, in fact, that this set of photographs in LIFE accompanies an article laying out the 'do's and 'don'ts' of dating for American soldiers and Japanese girls in Japan, 1946. 

Photographs by John Florea


John Florea, LIFE © Time Inc.

Holding hands in public is fine. Source



John Florea, LIFE © Time Inc.

Sharing chocolate might be fine... giving away cigarettes isn't. Source



John Florea, LIFE © Time Inc.

Rowing on a pond is permissible. Source



John Florea, LIFE © Time Inc.

So is going to a dance. Source



John Florea, LIFE © Time Inc.

Taking the train could be iffy. Source



John Florea, LIFE © Time Inc.

Going for dinner, as he is taking off his shoes to do, is off-limits. Source



John Florea, LIFE © Time Inc.

It's okay for an American soldier to eat in a Japanese home....as long as he brings his own food. Source



John Florea, LIFE © Time Inc.

Riding a bicycle is okay, but handlebar riding is forbidden. Source



John Florea, LIFE © Time Inc.

Giving Japanese girls rides while they are on Red Cross tours is all right. Source



John Florea, LIFE © Time Inc.

Giving a civilian girl a ride is a military jeep isn't. Source



John Florea, LIFE © Time Inc.

Giving away cigarettes is forbidden . Source



John Florea, LIFE © Time Inc.

And kissing is totally, totally not allowed. Source

11 November, 2011

Lest We Forget

Today, at 11 o'clock in 1918, World War One finally ended*. As readers of this blog will know, I find this war especially touching and sad. It gets to me that anyone ever had to endure such miserable conditions, let alone very young men from very far away places fighting for no good reason at all.

It is Remembrance Day today in Canada and many other countries (Veteran's Day in the US); let us spend some time to think about what our compatriots had to go through-- to think about those young men who went and never came back, and those who did. No one should ever have to endure anything like this, ever.

In their memory.


*I know it's not as simple as that; but essentially.




The graves of three Canadian soldiers where they fell, amongst the barbed wire. Source



Two German soldiers helping in an injured Canadian. Source



The first men to cross the Somme. Source



Digging a trench. Source



Cycle orderlies under shell fire. Source



Soldiers in the mud. Source



Soldiers resting on the way up to the trenches. I think this is made even more potent by the man in the middle smiling his head off. Source



Scene on the Somme Front. Source



A thanksgiving service in the ruins of the cathedral, Chambrai. Source



British soldiers going up to the trenches. Source



British soldier washing from a bucket. Source



Winter scene on the Western Front. Source



Cooking dinner amid the ruins of a village. Source



A town after bombardment. Source



Army chaplain conducting a service from the cockpit of an airplane. Source



The town of Amiens under shellfire. Source



Muddy grave of an unknown soldier. Source



Moving ammunition past a row of graves. Source



War memorial for fallen Newfoundland soldiers. Source



The graves of British soldiers in France. Source



A British soldier at the grave of a comrade. Source


Selected World War One posts:



Faces of World War One, 1 and 2



Colour Photographs of World War One, 1 and 2




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